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  1. What you need to know about cannabis

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    There is so much updated information to share about cannabis. With this in mind, the following is a short summary of the most important things you need to know.

    In most organizations, human resource professionals are adding cannabis to their policies and procedures. It falls in line with other procedures already established under substance abuse. For the most part, pundits suggest little will change in recreational cannabis usage after legalization, but only time will tell.

    Understanding more about cannabis is important to developing your policy. Cannabis has more than 85 molecules or active ingredients, but the two most popular and talked about are THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the molecule within cannabis that provides the hallucinogenic properties or what is referred to as the high. CBD (cannabidiol) does not contain hallucinogenic properties, which is why someone can medically be using cannabis and still be fit to drive.

    Cannabis does not yet have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or Natural Product Number (NPN). As a result, it is not regularly included under a carrier’s formulary group drug plan. A few carriers have added a cannabis benefit that will allow an employer to add cannabis to their healthcare plan. To date those carriers are Sun Life, Green Shield and Manulife; Great West Life and GroupHEALTH have announced they will add this benefit in January 2019. A cannabis benefit could range between $1,500 and $6,000 per person, per year and requires a prescription to be eligible, but only for certain, specific medical conditions as defined by each carrier. By restricting this benefit to only certain medical conditions, the carrier is preventing the plan from reimbursing for recreational cannabis use.

    For those employers who have a Healthcare Spending Account (HCSA), the Canada Revenue Agency does allow cannabis and cannabis seeds to be reimbursed as an eligible expense, when prescribed by a doctor.

    With this new cannabis industry erupting, we will continue to see things evolving in this arena. For this reason, please note the above summary reflects information as at October 15, 2018. For more updates or advice on how to engineer your organization’s response to this upcoming change, please contact Steve Marsh at smarsh@bisinc.ca or 905.777.9990, ext. 200.

  2. Employment Standard Update – Mandatory Poster

    The Employment Standards website located at www.labour.gov.on.ca offers a whole host of helpful information. Recently upon visiting, we noticed an update regarding a new mandatory poster. This poster provides a brief summary of important “What you need to know” facts for your employees. This poster is to be posted by all employers in an eye catching, high traffic area, in the workplace. In addition, as of May 20, 2015 employers are required to provide each and every employee with a paper or electronic copy of this poster, in their native language. New hires are required to have this poster within 30 days of employment.

    The poster is available in several different languages on their website. You can connect with ServiceOntario at 1-800-668-9938 to order a supply or ask any questions.

    Why bring this to your attention? Not all employers know that the burden of responsibility falls on employers when it comes to being up to date on any changes or updates with the Employment Standards Act. This recent poster change was noted as one of various items that a Ministry of Labour inspector will look for during an inspection. For this reason we wanted to ensure you were informed.

    Be sure to check the Employment Standards Website regularly to insure that you are up to date on issues related to your employees.



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