Burning Issues: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace (Hilo)

Ryan Sanada


Speaker:  Ryan Sanada


Date:  October 20, 2017     Time:  10:00am - 12:00pm


Location:  'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Classroom



What do you do when a job applicant or employee tests positive for marijuana, but shows you a medical marijuana card and claims to be protected by disability discrimination laws?  Can you still refuse to hire the applicant or terminate the individual’s employment?  Or, are you required to provide the individual with a reasonable accommodation instead?  Does the answer change for employers who are covered by the federal Drug Free Workplace Act or employees who work in safety-sensitive positions?
As most HR professionals are aware, laws regarding medical marijuana and the workplace have been under constant development over the past few years.  For instance, medical marijuana dispensaries have recently began operating in Hawaii.  Additionally, several court decisions have addressed the termination of individuals who tested positive for medical marijuana, with some ruling in favor of the employer but others siding with the employee.  Therefore, now more than ever, employers in Hawaii are confused about how to apply their drug-free workplace policies to applicants or employees who fail a drug test due to medical marijuana usage.
What will this seminar cover?
  • Overview of medical marijuana laws in Hawaii;
  • Recent legislative activity on medical marijuana discrimination laws;
  • Conflicts between state and federal law on marijuana;
  • Interplay between marijuana laws and state and federal disability discrimination laws;
  • Marijuana and workers’ compensation treatment;
  • Enforcement of drug-free workplace policies;
  • Employment laws regarding drug testing;
  • Court decisions addressing medical marijuana and the workplace; and
  • What can employers do?
Who should attend?
  • HR Professionals;
  • Supervisory and Managerial Employees; and
  • Executives and Business Owners.
About our Speaker
Ryan Sanada is the Director of Legal and Government Affairs for the Hawaii Employers Council.  Part of his job duties include counseling employers on labor and employment law issues and providing training for HR professionals, executives, and management.  Prior to joining HEC, Ryan was in private practice for 10 years, where he represented and counseled local, national and international companies in labor and employment law matters.  He also previously served as a legal consultant to the House Labor Committee at the Hawaii state legislature.
Ryan received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound.


Member Price: $50.00
Non-Member Price: $95.00

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