Employers must update their employee handbooks to reflect the new cannabis act that legalizes marijuana and comes into effect October 17, says HR advisory firm Career Compass Canada. “Employers need to take action now, if they have not yet done so, to update their policies related to this new legislation. Basically, the cannabis policy should mirror a company’s policy on the use of alcohol at a minimum,” says Alexander Lutchin, president of Career Compass. “Some organizations may go further in demanding additional time between the use of cannabis and reporting for work. Both employers and employees need to use common sense and act responsibly.” Communication and training is also vital in rolling out the policy. Employees need to know what the policy is and what the company expectations are. Companies who fail to develop a written policy are exposing themselves to unnecessary risk that needs to be mitigated to ensure a safe and respectful workplace.
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