Pot Law Brings Uncertainty to Employers, Employees

Employers in the state of Illinois are deciding whether to include marijuana in pre-employment drug panels since the legalization of marijuana on the first of the year. Troy Overholt, vice president of occupational health with OSF HealthCare, said the company will no longer include marijuana as part of its pre-employment screening and through a series of workplace forums, he has been encouraging other employers to do the same. Overholt is in no way suggesting that businesses must abandon drug testing or company drug policies, but rather is suggesting a way to avoid discriminating based on the use of a legal substance. It is more important, he said, to know the signs of impairment, which include dizziness, memory impairment, lack of motivation and nervous or paranoid behavior, and learn how to respond appropriately.

 

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