Quarterly Newsletter

  • ARE YOU READY? DELAY IN OHIO’S MARIJUANA LAW GIVES EMPLOYERS TIME TO PREPARE

    ARE YOU READY? DELAY IN OHIO’S MARIJUANA LAW GIVES EMPLOYERS TIME TO PREPARE

    (September 21, 2018)

    (Fall 2018) The intended date for Ohio’s new medical marijuana law to be fully operational has come and gone. While the delay is likely frustrating for patients waiting to purchase the drug legally with their doctor’s recommendation, it gives businesses the opportunity to “get their ducks in a row” prior to coming face-to-face with the […]

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  • Can highway laws help Ohio employers decide about medical marijuana?

    Can highway laws help Ohio employers decide about medical marijuana?

    (September 21, 2018)

    (Fall 2018) With Ohio employers needing to determine whether they are going to permit/accommodate employee use of medical marijuana or not, it might be helpful to evaluate any existing guidance or laws already established in the state on the subject, e.g., laws around OVI (operating a vehicle while impaired). Let’s back up just a moment […]

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  • Medical Marijuana Access

    Medical marijuana is coming, but will patients be able to access it?

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) On September 8, 2018, Ohio House Bill 523 – allowing for the use of medical marijuana – will go into effect.  But just because the law passed, doesn’t mean that employees will have carte blanch to use medical marijuana. Every Ohio employer needs to decide what will be their stance on having employees […]

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  • CBD Oil

    CBD Oil: It’s Complicated

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) Products containing CBD oil are flooding the market. They’re being sold online, by health food stores, in vape shops and at some grocery stores. CBD oil is touted as somewhat of a cure-all for conditions from pain to anxiety, and it’s being added to a gamut of items from beauty products to beer. […]

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  • Marijuana Questions

    What’s the deal with marijuana anyway?

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) Our society is at a tipping point of changing our relationship with our country’s most widely abused illegal drug – marijuana.  There are so many things moving so fast. It is hard to know what to think. More than an exercise in debate, marijuana’s ever-changing state is a real situation with real implications […]

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  • Opioid Epidemic Costs

    Understanding the opioid epidemic’s economic costs

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) The nation is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.  And let’s face it, its an expensive epidemic.  A recent report found that from 2001 to 2017 the opioid epidemic has cost one trillion dollars. That’s a one with 12 zeros – 1,000,000,000,000.  Or, put another way, converting the cost into seconds it […]

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  • Ohio Businesses Medical Marijuana

    Ohio Businesses’ Medical Marijuana Decision Impacted by Outside Forces

    (March 30, 2018)

    (Spring 2018) Ohio’s deadline for having its medical marijuana system up and running is September 8, 2018.  Before this date, employers need to determine and declare where their company stands in relation to allowing employees to use marijuana as medicine.*  Ohio employers may choose to prohibit or accommodate employee use.  And though challenging, there will […]

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  • Eight Elements

    Eight elements every drug-free workplace policy should include. Does yours?

    (March 30, 2018)

    (Spring 2018) The best approach for you, as an employer, to prevent and respond to alcohol and other drug issues in your workplace is to incorporate all five elements of a drug-free workplace program – policy/operations, employee education, supervisor training and employee assistance. Operating a drug-free workplace program requires you to navigate both legal issues […]

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  • Ups and Downs of Illicit Drug Use

    The Ups and Downs of Illicit Drug Use for Employers

    (March 30, 2018)

    (Spring 2018)  The national attention being given to the misuse of heroin and prescription pain medications (central nervous system depressants or “down” drugs) is unprecedented – and rightly so. The rate of fatal opioid overdose deaths was five times higher in 2016 than 1999, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes overdose […]

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