Legalization of marijuana is spreading throughout the US. Michigan, along with several other states, has legalized marijuana for recreational, in addition to medicinal, use. What do you need to know to protect yourself and your business?
Together, the three talk about the issues raised as states move towards legalizing marijuana for both medicinal and/or recreational use. While marijuana use is still prohibited by federal law, marijuana is nonetheless becoming big business.
Regardless of anyone's personal opinion on the legalization of marijuana and other drugs, leaders in the workplace must be aware of the associated risks, especially with a drug like marijuana, which has no conclusive test to tell if your employees are "high" in the workplace. It is critical to understand that, even if usage is "legal", impairment related injuries in the workplace and the associated loss of production from substance use (whether it be alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana, methamphetimines, etc.) still affect the job.
Join us as we discuss how you can best protect your business in this new environment and where we see this concern moving in the future.
Ricardo Torres spent 24 years as a senior union official for the Teamsters and the United Steelworkers Association on the national level. During his time with the Teamsters, Ricardo has lobbied with both Houses in Washington D.C. with the AFL-CIO, worked with joint council's legistlative departments throughout the country, and worked with union outreach programs in the UK and Latin American countries within Central America and South America to help promote labor law change in economically struggling countries. He was a strike and corporate campaign coordinator.
During his career within the unions, Ricardo took more than 1,000 campaigns to election nationally.
Today, Ricardo is working with management to help them maintain their union-free status through his company, Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants. Under Mr. Torres' leadership, PSLC works to provide an "Inside Edge" in maintaining a union-free work environment through his experiences and knowledge gained from serving as a high ranking official inside the union.
Following a distinguishing career in the fire service, Bob Carroll was encouraged to further his opportunities through private-sector Emergency Medical Services. Bob was instrumental in leading the organizing charge, which led to the unionization of the company. After being offered a position on the union's organizing team, he became aware of some of the unscrupulous tactics used to organize his peers without his knowledge. For Carroll, "Organizing the employees was supposed to be about improving life for the coworkers. But instead, all priorities were aimed at building rank and file membership and driving dues money." Once he realized the realities of unionism and the strategies and tactics used, Carroll led a successful charge to decertify the union.
Bob joined Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants on a full-time basis in 2010. He found that he had a natural ability to not only build the business and develop new service offerings but, also, to effectively work with leadership in their efforts to promote positive employee relations as part of their continuous improvement process. Today, Bob serves as Executive Vice President at Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants. Bob is responsible for the day-to-day operations at PSLC as well as the growth and development of innovative service offerings that assist our clients in their efforts to promote positive employee relations without the need for third-party representation.