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When: November 12, 2020
5:30-9:00 PM
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Maggiano's Little Italy
1901 E. Woodfield Rd.
Schaumburg, Illinois  60173
United States
Presenter: Mike Wong
Contact: Dee Dee Bandy
(630) 359-4273


Online registration is available until: 11/10/2020
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This event was originally scheduled for March 19 and was re-scheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Join your fellow CASMI members for the March Dinner Meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Orland Park, Illinois. The topic is "Cannabis in the Workplace". Please register online using the "Register" link above.

Registration

Up to three (3) individuals from CASMI Member Companies (Primary and Associate) can attend this meeting at no cost. Additional individuals from the same company can be registered at the rate of $50 per person. This event is only available to member companies and their employees.

Please select the "Register link" above for preferred, convenient online registration. Your form will pre-populate with your information, saving you time.

  • When registering attendees 1, 2 and 3, select the "2020 November Dinner Meeting - Company Attendee #1, #2, #3" option.
  • When registering attendees 4 and above, select the "2020 November Dinner Meeting - Company Attendee $50 (#4+)" option.

Questions? Contact the CASMI office at (630) 359-4273.

Schedule

  • Cocktails: 5:30 pm
  • Presentation: 6:15 pm
  • Dinner: 7:15 pm

Presenter

 Mike Wong

Cannabis in the Workplace
Mike Wong, Partner
SmithAmundsen’s Labor & Employment Practice Group

On January 1, 2020 the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect allowing adults over the age of 21 to legally purchase and use cannabis products. On the first day of legal sales, $3.17 million in recreational cannabis was sold, within the first week that number increased to $13 million and on the twelfth day it hit $20 million.  In all likelihood that number would have been higher, if the supply was there with many recreational dispensaries having to shut down or limit purchases.  In addition to higher sales, the legalization of recreational marijuana resulted in an increased number of emergency room visits due to cannabis use. A doctor at UIC Emergency Medicine reported they were seeing patients who had over indulged on cannabis starting New Year’s Eve and that during each shift he has worked since New Year’s he has seen at least once cannabis-related incident.  The doctor attributes it in part to individuals who have not used it in a long time and are now deciding to try it because it’s legal, without understanding the difference in potency, or the higher percentages of THC. For employers, this information is troubling as a study reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries and 75% greater absenteeism compared to those who tested negative.

During this presentation, Mike Wong, a partner of the law firm, SmithAmundsen, who specializes in labor and employment law, will discuss how the legalization of marijuana impacts your policies and procedures, including hiring process, drug testing, disability accommodations and discipline/termination. Understanding the law itself and different provisions that the law has which specifically address employers is important so that you can understand and limit your exposure to legal challenges and take steps to have a healthy and productive workforce.

Mike Wong is a partner in SmithAmundsen’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He advises clients regarding their day to day employee issues, employee handbooks, policies and procedures and represents clients in lawsuits, charges of discrimination and administrative matters involving discrimination and harassment, Title VII, ADA disability issues, FMLA administration and claims, wage and hour issues, class actions, cannabis in the workplace, and other labor and employment issues arising under state, federal and administrative laws.

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