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Substance Abuse Issues In A Permissive State Environment

  • 10 Nov 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Zoom Meeting


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With the popularity of THC and CBD gummies for pain, sleep, recreation, etc., marijuana is all the rage in California; giving new meaning to the term "WeedEater."  Employers are increasingly treating the subject like alcohol, with only opiates and other drugs now prohibited except when there is obvious on-the-job impairment. Some employers continue to take a hard line with zero tolerance, consistent with federal drug-free workplace rules for federal contractors.

This session will answer a number of weed/work-related questions including:

  • How do you handle an employee who is high on more than life?
  • What are the testing protocols?
  • What sanctions are appropriate?
  • What rules should or can an employer implement and enforce?
  • Can you provide a Last Chance Agreement?
  • When can or should you test?
  • How will the new California legislation impact an employer's ability to have compliant drug policies?
All these and more will be answered during this fast-paced seminar on the dos and don’ts of marijuana and your employees.

About Our Speakers:

Marilynn Schuyler, the CCCEAC's Vice Chair, has more than 30 years of experience advising senior governmental and industry leaders in affirmative action; federal contract compliance; diversity, equity and inclusion; and equal employment opportunity matters.

Before joining Fisher Phillips, Marilynn represented clients in connection with federal agency audits and advising and training clients on EEO, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accommodation-related workplace issues and prepared numerous Affirmative Action Plans in compliance with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations through her solo practice law firm.

Chelsea Whelan counsels and defends management in employment matters including harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, misclassification, and whistleblower claims. She also has years of experience assisting clients with investigations, compliance issues, and instituting and maintaining sound employment practicesBefore joining Fisher Phillips in January of 2022, Chelsea advised employers in workplace issues and disputes for a national litigation firm.  Chelsea’s focus is on counseling employers regarding a range of issues, including wage and hour compliance, adverse employment actions, complaint investigations, OSHA compliance, accommodations, handbooks and policies. 


The CCCEAC is your connection to information about employment and workforce development. The CCCEAC has been in partnership with the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) since 1980. 

501c6 non-profit organization 

  • Provides to all employers, low-cost, timely seminars on topics such as employment law, workforce development, human resource practices, and professional development. 
  • Works with the EDD to promote regulations, policies, and procedures that are business friendly. 
  • Provides connections between employers, other EACs, and the EDD at the local and state level. 
  • Partners with the Workforce Development Board on hiring talent, and leveraging resources. 
  • Notifies employers about pending legislation that may impact them. 
  • Provides employer representation on state-level panels, boards, and advisory groups. 

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San Ramon, CA 94583

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