What effect will recreational marijuana legalization have in the workplace?


Local employers invited to IVAC Business Breakfast program featuring labor and employment attorneys

PERU - The Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s (IVAC) next Business Breakfast Seminar will discuss the implications of recreational marijuana legalization in the workforce. Join the discussion at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Mario’s Maples in Peru.

When recreational marijuana becomes legal for adults in Illinois on Jan. 1, there could be considerable employment pitfalls for construction industry employers. As a consequence, drug testing without any evidence of impairment in the workplace will open the door for legal challenges. A webinar presented by Jeffrey Risch, labor and employment attorney with SmithAmundsen LLC, will go over the legal risks for Illinois employers when the law takes effect and what can be done to try to diminish the impact of recreational marijuana.

Topics will include:

  • Adopting and enforcing drug free workplace policies
  • Drug testing practices and options forward
  • Best practices to protect your workplace

Guest speaker Julie A. Proscia, an equity partner at SmithAmundsen in the labor and employment practice group, will share her 15-plus years experience advocating for employers. Her labor and employment experience includes personnel counseling and union related defense and litigation. She has successfully litigated matters in federal and state court as well as before administrative agencies including the NLRB, Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Proscia is frequently chosen as a leading lawyer by her peers and recently served on the Illinois Senate’s Task Force on sexual misconduct.

The seminar will begin with a hot breakfast buffet served at 7:15 a.m. and the program will start at 7:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by calling (815) 223-0227 no later than noon on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The breakfast is open to the public.


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