Syfarth: Illinois General Assembly Passes Amendments to Recreational Cannabis Law That Help Reduce Employer Liability

Syfarth: Illinois General Assembly Passes Amendments to Recreational Cannabis Law That Help Reduce Employer Liability

By Condon McGlothlen, Adam R. Young & Craig Simonsen on November 26, 2019 POSTED IN EMPLOYMENT LAW The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1557, revising the language of the Recreational Cannabis Law to reduce but not completely eliminate employer liabilities. As we previously blogged, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (410 ILCS 705) (the “Legalization Act”) will legalize recreational cannabis for Illinois adults starting January 1, 2020. The Legalization Act specifically allows Illinois employers to enforce “reasonable zero tolerance or drug free workplace policies, or employment policies concerning drug testing, smoking, consumption, storage, or use of cannabis in the workplace or while on call provided that the policy is applied in a nondiscriminatory manner.” The Act permits employers to prohibit employees from being under the influence of or using cannabis in the employer’s workplace or while on call. Further, the Act (i) allows employers to discipline or terminate an employee who violates the employer’s workplace drug policy, and (ii) specifically insulates employers from liability for disciplining or terminating employees based     on the employer’s good faith belief that the employee was either impaired at work (as a result of using cannabis) or under the influence of cannabis while at work. However, the Act raised questions about new potential liabilities for…

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