Panel Discussion: Weed At Work
The expanding access to legal marijuana possession and use has raised concerns for employers who are required to ensure their employees are fit to perform their duties at work. This session will identify the present status of the ability of employees to obtain prescriptions for marijuana, the need to ensure a safe workplace (including through drug testing), and situations in which the employer will need to recognize and accommodate an employee’s mental or physical disability.
- Update on the legalization of marijuana and medical prescriptions
- The employer’s duty to accommodate an employee’s disability requiring the use of medical marijuana
- Complying with WorkSafe safety obligations
- Status of drug testing and having defensible policies
Michael Watt is the leader of Alexander Holburn’s Labour + Employment Practice Group. His practice involves providing time sensitive legal advice to both businesses and employees in the areas of labour, employment, workers compensation and human rights laws. Michael and his team assist clients defending and prosecuting claims through the court and administrative tribunal processes as necessary. Clients include local and international businesses across a variety of industries, not for profits, healthcare employers, government entities and individuals seeking advice on workplace issues.
Dave Earle is the Vice President, Government Relations and HR Services for Construction Labour Relations of BC, representing 300 contractors who are signatory to building trade collective agreements. For the past 8 years Dave has provided full-spectrum HR Services to member companies and has been the employer co-chair of the BC Construction Industry Substance Abuse Testing and Treatment Program as well as the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Program. He is the Past President of the Employer’s Forum and previously worked for 12 years with the Provincial Ministry of Labour. Dave received his B.A. in Communications and Political Science form Simon Fraser University.
Graham Trafford is the General Manager and Part Owner of Mott Electric GP. A proud BCIT alumni member, Graham has been involved in the electrical industry for nearly 40 years. Four years into his career, he joined Mott as a journey electrician, and has spent the last 35 years moving his way up the ranks to his present position. Inspired by his desire to give back to the trade, Graham is proud to dedicate his skills to a company that prides itself on core values that include not only its work, but also safety, family, innovation, and giving back.
Training and safety have always been at the forefront of Graham’s career. As such he presently sits on the following committees: Electrical Joint Training Committee (President), E2 Inc. (President), National Electrical Training Council (Director), Electrical Contractors Association of BC Vancouver Chapter (Past Chair), and the Council of Construction Associations (Director).
Ken Boucher is the Vice President of Health, Safety and Environmental Protection for the Canadian and US Construction Divisions of the Ledcor Group of Companies.
He is responsible for the implementation of Ledcor’s Safety Management System, including the company’s Drug and Alcohol program, throughout North American operations.
Ken started in the construction industry as an ironworker with the BC Building Trades, and later worked for WorkSafeBC in the Prevention Division. He has been with Ledcor for 10 years in his current role.