Cannabis Use by Staff: Laws, Risks and Realities

Description: As cannabis becomes increasingly available for human recreational and medical use, practices are faced with questions of if—and how—to monitor employee use of marijuana and other cannabis products. Laura Lapidus, management liability risk control director at CNA Insurance, leads an important discussion about the laws, risks, and practical realities associated with clinic employees’ use of cannabis.

Participants can expect to learn about:

  • Federal and state legal regulations regarding marijuana
  • Current case law involving marijuana in the employment context
  • The rights and obligations of employers with respect to drug testing, hiring, disciplining, and accommodating employees who use marijuana
  • Employee rights in the workplace when using marijuana for medical or recreational purposes

Laura Lapidus, Esq. Laura Lapidus is an attorney with 28 years of experience in employment law. As CNA’s management liability risk control director, she provides risk control support for the company’s management liability insurance products, with a focus on employment practices liability (EPL) insurance coverage. She has taught dozens of courses and webinars for CNA’s School of Risk Control Excellence, and has written numerous articles about employment practices issues. 

Before joining CNA, she spent 10 years managing EPL and other management liability claims for other carriers. Prior to that, she served as in-house counsel for various organizations, and practiced employment law and commercial litigation. She earned her JD from Albany Law School of Union University and is admitted to practice in New York.