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“New Georgia Cannabis Law Poses Workplace Law Questions,” Daily Report

May 18, 2017

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In an article published on May 17, 2017, in the Daily Report, Richard Phillips, a partner in the Atlanta office, provides insight as to how Georgia’s recent expansion of its medical cannabis law added six new illnesses to the list of conditions eligible for treatment. With this expansion, Phillips explains, the question arises as to what impact the new law may have on the workplace. “Another concern is whether medical cannabis will impact employers and insurers in the workers’ compensation arena,” Phillips writes. “Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, an employee may not recover workers’ compensation benefits where the employee’s injury or death is a result of the employee’s being under the influence of marijuana or other controlled substances.” As medical cannabis continues to evolve in Georgia and nationwide, employers should assess the impact of medical cannabis by reviewing all internal drug-related policies, determining the appropriate level of discipline in the event of a positive drug test, examining whether employees are using medical cannabis during work hours and assessing the company approach to accidents that happen at work where medical cannabis is involved. For the full article, subscribers to the Daily Report may click here.

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