Written by: Brian Bell (Workplace Safety Consultant)
Come October, recreational marijuana will be legalized in Canada. And whilst it’s good news for many, the new legislation has employers scratching their heads and worrying over potential troubles in their organizations. HRD Canada
One aspect people seem to be focusing on is what action they themselves should be taking internally – namely, updates to policies and procedures.
“The starting point for employers here is to be clear with employees on all expectations going forward. This is the ideal opportunity to update your current drug and alcohol policies, ensuring they’re both up to date and clear in their terms, or even craft entirely new policies.”
A survey conducted by the HRPA found that 71% of employers did not feel ready for marijuana legalization.
The general theme is to be clear on employer expectations. Specifically, expectations around the relationship between cannabis use and the workplace. “And those expectations have to be clearly communicated to workers, and which again leads to updating and reviewing policies as needed,”
You cannot afford to fall behind when it comes to marijuana legalization.