New Marijuana Law Update in Illinois Live Webinar Online

On Demand Webinar Credits HR Certification Institute, NASBA, SHRM, CLE ( In Partnership With Lorman Business Center, LLC)

July 28 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Understand how employment law and Illinois’ cannabis law interplays with federal enforcement.

Illinois became the 11th state - along with the District of Columbia - to legalize recreational marijuana on January 1, 2020. Though federal law has remained largely unchanged, recreational marijuana continues to be legalized across several states and enforcement for personal consumption is virtually nonexistent. Many companies have growing concerns regarding Illinois’ cannabis law. How do employers maintain a safe and drug-free workplace? How do they protect themselves against litigation? This topic will address employment law and how Illinois’ cannabis law interplays with federal enforcement, using the construction industry as a case model. For those interested in opening or currently running a dispensary, this material will also cover banking and security issues, as well as training personnel.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to review federal and Illinois legislation related to marijuana use.
  • You will be able to define what you can stipulate in a contract to main a drug-free workplace.
  • You will be able to identify reasonable actions an employer may take to treat recreational marijuana use.
  • You will be able to recognize those who may be under the influence of cannabis at work.


Illinois Laws Compared to National and Regional Laws
  • Concerns About Federal Enforcement
  • Avoiding Conflicts With Neighboring States
Employment Law
  • Enforcement of Drug-Free Work Zone
  • Determining Who Is High
  • ADA Concerns
Example – Construction Industry
  • Union Work Rules
  • Contracts Requiring a Drug-Free Work Area
Advising Clients
  • Starting a Dispensary
  • Banking and Money
  • Security Issues
  • Training

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource professionals, business owners and managers, benefits and payroll professionals, operations managers, presidents, vice presidents, supervisors, managers, controllers, accountants and attorneys.

Your Instructor

Jeanne Hoffmann
Jeanne Hoffmann
  • Managing Capital Member at Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
  • Practice is concentrated in business litigation and transactions, intellectual property and insurance coverage
  • She heads Bryce Downey & Lenkov’s Intellectual Property and Entertainment practice groups, and is co-chair of the Insurance group
  • Extensive experience handling diverse matters in both the state and federal courts
  • Consistently selected as a Leading Lawyer and recognized as one of Leading Lawyer’s Top Women Lawyers in the Chicagoland area
  • Member of Women Construction Owners and Executives, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and the Chicago Bar Association

Thomas Sarikas

Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC

  • Income member at Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
  • A former engineer, he handles litigation and appeals in construction liability, product liability, premises liability, transportation and insurance coverage cases
  • Member of the American Bar Association


  • IL CLE 1.5
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
  • WI CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
  • HR Certification Institute 1.5
  • This program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preferred ProviderSHRM 1.5
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit
  • National Registry of CPE SponsorsCPE 1.8 including Personnel/HR 1.8
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 1.8 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Personnel/HR for 1.8 hours. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of employment laws. Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.

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