MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 15, 2018 /CNW/ – Career Compass Canada, an HR advisory firm, is reminding employers to update their Employee Handbooks to reflect the new Cannabis Act, legalizing Marijuana, that is enacted into law this coming Wednesday.

“Employers need to take action now, if they have not yet done so, to update their policies related to this new legislation. Basically, the cannabis policy should mirror a company’s policy on the use of Alcohol at a minimum,” said Alexander Lutchin, company President. “Some organizations may go further in demanding additional time between the use of cannabis and reporting for work. Both employers and employees need to use common sense and act responsibly,” he said.

Communication and training is also vital in rolling out the policy. “Employees need to know what their policy is and what the company expectations are”, said Melissa Jones, Vice President, Client Services and Talent Strategies. “There cannot be any gaps between company policy and employees knowing what that policy is. We encourage all companies to ensure that they are acknowledging the new Act, and updating their policies accordingly.”

Companies who fail to develop a written policy are exposing themselves to unnecessary risk that needs to be mitigated to ensure a safe and respectful workplace. This is a work in progress as Employers adapt to this new reality and being mindful and alert will go a long way to managing potential issues.

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For further information: Alexander Lutchin, President, Career Compass Canada or Melissa Jones, Vice President at 416-603-6859