Constangy partners Keya Denner, Ashley Orler, and Nestor Barrero presented a webinar on navigating cannabis in the workplace on April 20. SHRM and HRCI credit was offered for this webinar.
The webinar, “Marijuana in the Workplace: Guiding Employers Through the Cannabis Maze,” reviewed current cannabis laws and workplace protections, discussed changes to cannabis laws on the horizon, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act amendment prohibiting workplace discrimination based on off the job and offsite use of cannabis, and provided guidance and best practices for employers to deal with current and prepare for expected changes to cannabis laws.
To access a recording of the webinar, click the link below.
Keya is an experienced litigator who has been practicing labor and employment law for almost 20 years. Few attorneys nationwide match Keya’s expertise in the area of legal cannabis and its impact on the workplace. Keya serves as co-chair of the Cannabis & Employee Substance Abuse practice group and has a deep understanding of the various laws and issues surrounding the country’s rapidly expanding legal cannabis industry. Keya has counseled Fortune 500 companies in the retail, hospitality, and global logistics spaces to create compliant policies and better understand the ever-changing legal landscape brought about by the legalization of cannabis across the United States. Keya is a sought-after speaker and trainer on this topic.
Ashley serves co-chair of the Cannabis & Employee Substance Abuse practice group. She partners with businesses to bring the best out of their workforce, applying a pragmatic approach to employment counseling in hopes of reducing risk to the organization. When counseling employers, she believes in establishing long-term relationships with her clients to fully understand the culture and goals of the business. On a daily basis, Ashley fields questions from clients across industries on issues like drafting employment contracts, policies and handbooks; onboarding and terminations; background checks and drug testing; employee classifications and leave requirements; and wage and hour issues. As the country’s cannabis laws change rapidly, Ashley has worked with employers to understand how these changes impact their workers.
Nestor advises large and medium sized employers on all aspects of labor and employment law including compliance with anti-harassment, discrimination, privacy and workplace laws, effective performance management, negotiation of executive agreements, planning for layoffs, mergers and acquisitions, and defending wrongful termination cases in mediation, arbitration or litigation. He has significant experience representing entertainment industry employers with operations in film, television and cable productions and support functions (video distribution, marketing, public relations), music and live entertainment, television broadcasting in English & Spanish, theme parks, retail sites (restaurants, merchandise venues) and technology.