On Nov. 8, 2016, nine states voted on whether to legalize marijuana use. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota legalized its medicinal use, while California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada legalized its recreational use. Arizona voters rejected a proposal that would have legalized the use of recreational marijuana.
The new year tends to bring new HR trends and topics to the forefront. In this article, we’ll look at five topics we expect to dominate HR-related conversations in 2016: health care reform, marijuana in the workplace, proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, minimum wage increases, and paid sick leave trends.
Although marijuana use violates federal law, many states have passed laws legalizing marijuana. Restrictions vary widely by state; some states only allow medical marijuana, while others have legalized recreational marijuana. As with alcohol and other drugs, you may still prohibit employees from using marijuana at work and reporting to work under the influence of marijuana.
However, you may want to take this opportunity to review your drug policies. Companies in states where marijuana is legal may consider amending existing drug policies to clarify that any use of marijuana is prohibited, regardless of recreational or medical use.