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What Would You Do? Can you hire applicant who uses medical marijuana?

Here’s a challenging scenario: A prospective new hire seems perfect for a position in the shipping office, but she is a legal user of medical marijuana. Company policy says employees can use medical marijuana as long as they’re not in a safety-sensitive position, but the policy fails to clarify what such a job is. What would you do in this situation?  [Read more…]

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Medical marijuana user loses job offer: Is that discrimination?

Navigating state medical marijuana laws isn’t getting any easier.  [Read more…]

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Maine Supreme Court says workers’ comp doesn’t have to pay for medical marijuana

For a while, it seemed states were slowly accepting that medical marijuana would be covered under workers’ compensation. But a Maine court decision goes against that trend.  [Read more…]

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Recent court cases rule in favor of employees using medical pot: What’s going on?

Has a legal tide turned when it comes to workers who have prescriptions for medical marijuana? A judge’s explanation of his ruling in a Connecticut case points out a distinction that is causing some cases to go in favor of the employee.  [Read more…]

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Pot dispensary worker partakes, suffers panic attack, falls off fence: Workers’ comp?

A workers’ comp insurer didn’t want to issue benefits to a pot dispensary worker who smoked a joint and then was injured. What was the ruling in this case?  [Read more…]

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Judge says workers’ comp must pay for medical marijuana

Add a fourth state to the list of places where a court has ordered workers’ comp insurance to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker.  [Read more…]

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Top workers’ comp cases of 2016 Part 1: The issues

With a mix of brand new, evolving and old issues, here are 10 workers’ comp cases from 2016 that show the questions courts have faced in the last 12 months on who gets to participate in the system known as the grand bargain:  [Read more…]

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Pot legal in more states: What should employers do?

Election 2016 has produced three or four additional recreational marijuana states and three more where medical pot will be allowed. Do employers have to change their drug policies?  [Read more…]

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Employee appeals firing after positive post-injury drug test for pot

Did Kohl’s Department Stores violate its own policy regarding workers who have a medical marijuana license when it fired an employee?  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp must pay for medical marijuana in third state

Add a third state to the list of those that require workers’ compensation to pay for medical marijuana.  [Read more…]

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