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First Friday Breakfast

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center Reynolds Room


J. Bruce Cross
Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

"Medical Marijuana: How the new law will affect your business"

Summary presentation: When the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (AMMA) was passed last fall, it appeared to create more questions than answers for employers. The AMMA prohibits employees from ingesting marijuana or coming to work “under the influence” of marijuana. Yet the AMMA failed to address key issues for employer compliance, such as defining “under the influence.” Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon, & Galchus, P.C. recognized these employer compliance issues, and played a key role in drafting a bill to clarify the employment provisions of the AMMA. On March 29, 2017, the Governor signed the bill into law. The new law created key definitions and clarifies how employers should implement their drug testing policies. In this presentation, I will discuss how employers can update their substance abuse policies and job descriptions for compliance with the new medical marijuana law.

J. Bruce Cross is a director in the firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. in Little Rock, Arkansas, who practices in the areas of labor and employment defense law.  Employment Lawyers; Mid-South Super Lawyers and the Top 50 Arkansas Mid-South Super Lawyers.  Bruce received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.  Bruce's practice incudes work before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Wage & Hour and OFCCP Divisions of the Department of Labor, as well as related federal and state court litigationBruce is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers of the American Bar Association.  He was also named Lawyer of the Year in Little Rock in Labor Law - Management in 2014.  Bruce is also listed as the Leading Lawyer in Labor and Employment in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business; Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law; US News and World Report Listing of Best Labor.

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