The CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce visited My Place in Prince Albert on March 16 to address how business can strategize their major concerns for this year.
At the top of the list, Steve McLellan poised business owners to develop policies for the federal legalization of marijuana, originally expected to happen on Canada Day.
“The law will not change on July 1, but the world is going to change.”
Without written polices on cannabis, employers could find themselves treading difficult waters, he warned.
Complications he highlighted included human rights issues, employee safety concerns, and potential legal ramifications for businesses who aren’t prepared.
McLellan touched on other things business needs to know for 2018, including his thoughts on resigning NAFTA, building up a flattened provincial sales economy, and pushing to filling gaps in First Nations engagement. Staying resilient through carbon taxation and strategizing for a new bridge in Prince Albert were also on his list of pointers.
Those interested in taking a more in-depth look at the cannabis in the workplace can attend a full day workshop at the Plaza 88 set for March 27. Participants will glean from legal experts and a human resources consultant who will speak to on how employers can handle drawing lines for safety and drug testing protocols, as was as making workplace policies. Lunch will be included in the workshop, entitled
Cannabis 101: Cannabis and the Workplace – Realities, Rights, and Responsibilities.
Attendees in the morning session will learn from legal experts at Miller-Thomson LLP about the main provisions of Bill C-45 the Cannabis Act, as well as the rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers in the workplace. This includes information around an employer’s duty to accommodate; distinguishing between recreational and medical cannabis use; the legality of drug testing protocols in Canada and much more.
The afternoon session will feature a hands-on drug and alcohol policymaking workshop facilitated by an HR consultant. Attendees will leave with a draft policy for their own workplace. All participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of experts in the field and ensure that their businesses are prepared for the changes brought by legal cannabis.
The session on March 27, is an all day session and includes legal experts at Miller-Thomson LLP to discuss the legal aspects of cannabis legalization and an HR consultant in the afternoon session to facilitate a hands-on drug and alcohol policymaking workshop, where attendees will leave with a draft policy for their own workplace. Lunch is included in the Cannabis 101 session.
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (main organizer and presenter)
WorkSafe Saskatchewan (sponsor)
Miller Thomson LLP (morning information session)
MNP (afternoon drug and alcohol policymaking workshop)
Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce (organizer and host)
Tentative Program Outline:
10:00 AM - Registration Opens
10:15 AM - Opening remarks from SCC, WorkSafe Saskatchewan
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 90 min info session from speaker at Miller Thomson LLP
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch break
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM – Drug and alcohol policymaking workshop facilitated by MNP followed by end of day Q&A, then closing remarks
$125 per person (member rate)
$175 per person (future member rate, space permitting)
Please click here to register online.