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State Employment Law Trends Part II -- Criminal Background Checks, the Legalization of Marijuana, and Workplace Implications of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Practice Areas:
Employment & Labor Law
Barbara Johnson |  Shanda Botts |  Latoya Asia
Course Levels:
1 hour
Original Program Date :
Jun 12, 2018

Course Description

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Course Description

State laws and local ordinances regarding criminal background checks have increased significantly over the past several years.  On one hand, employers want to ensure that they do not hire convicted felons who have a demonstrated propensity for theft or violence.  On the other hand, as a country we are dealing with massive incarceration and the challenges that those with a prison record face in finding employment.  The presenters will discuss recent trends and best practices employers should use with respect to background checks.  The presentation will also discuss the conflict between state laws criminalizing marijuana use and possession and those state and local laws legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes; the implications of these laws on workplace substance abuse and drug testing policies; and best practices for revising policies in light of these developments. The presenters will also discuss how employers should address the current opioid addiction epidemic through substance abuse and drug testing policies.

Course Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session/webinar, participants will be able to:

Understand current state law trends regarding criminal background checks, legalization of marijuana and opioid addiction and best practices for revising policies in light of these trends.

Topics and Agenda

  • Minutes 1 - 5:  Introduction
  • Minutes 5 - 20:  Criminal Background Checks
  • Minutes 20-  35:  Legalization of Marijuana
  • Minutes 35 - 40:  Workplace Implications of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic 
  • Minutes 40 - 50:  Practical Considerations for Workplace Substance and Drug Test Policies
  • Minutes 50 - 60:  Closing Statements

CLE Credits

Mandatory CLE Credit

This program may be eligible for a total of 1 CLE credit(s) in a 60 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.

This program may be eligible for a total of 1.2 CLE credit(s) in a 50 minute state of which 0  are Ethics credits.




This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in California of which 0 are Legal Ethics, 0 are Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, 0 are Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse/Mental Illness that Impairs Professional Competence.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE General Credit(s) in Illinois of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Professional Responsibility credit.


Select Counsel is an approved provider in the State of Pennsylvania. This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Pennsylvania of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 MCLE Credit(s) in Texas of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.


This course has been approved for 1 CLE Credit(s) in Washington of which 0 credit(s) qualifies for Ethics credit.

Other MCLE Jurisdictions

Reciprocal States: The following jurisdictions allow reciprocity for courses approved in other MCLE jurisdictions:Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, and Oregon.

Self Reporting States: States that allow an attorney to apply or self-report CLE credit are: Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Course Materials


Barbara Johnson's Profile

Barbara Johnson Related seminars and products: 2


Potter & Murdock PC

Ms. Johnson is a seasoned professional who handles the full array of management-side labor and employment matters. She provides advice and counsel on day-to-day employment issues; conducts workplace investigations; litigates discrimination claims, class and collective actions, whistleblower/retaliation claims, wage and hour claims, public law (municipalities and school systems), breach of contract claims, ERISA claims, and employment arbitrations. Ms. Johnson has extensive jury trial experience.

LAW SCHOOL: College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Shanda Botts's Profile

Shanda Botts Related seminars and products: 2

VP, Associate General Counsel - Employment Law


Shanda Galloway Botts serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel—Employment Law for AARP, Inc. and is based out of AARP’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan social welfare and membership organization, dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 years of age and older. AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change, and delivering value to members through information, advocacy and service. Shanda manages Labor & Employment law matters enterprise-wide for AARP, Inc., AARP Foundation, AARP Services, Inc. and Legal Counsel for the Elderly. She manages employment litigation and provides advice, counseling and training to AARP managers and HR professionals.
LAW SCHOOL: Wake Forest University School of Law 
LOCATION: Washington, DC

Latoya Asia's Profile

Latoya Asia Related seminars and products: 2

Assistant General Counsel

E*TRADE Financial Corporation

Latoya C. Asia is an employment law and litigation attorney with a passion for providing diversity, inclusion and equity strategy and support within organizations.  In her current role as Assistant General Counsel at E*TRADE Financial Corporation, Ms. Asia provides practical legal counsel on a range of employment matters impacting the Company and develops creative solutions to Human Resources issues across the U.S. and international locations.  Ms. Asia also represents the Company before various administrative and regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Prior to joining E*TRADE, Ms. Asia practiced labor & employment law at McGuireWoods LLP.
LAW SCHOOL: College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)
LOCATION: Washington, DC

MCLE Information for On-Demand

MCLE Information for On-Demand Seminars

General Information

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Select Counsel is an approved accredited provider for in the states of California and Pennsylvania.  CLE credit is available for all Select Counsel courses. 

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At this time, Kansas requires the sponsor of all non-traditional format courses to submit the program application. (Kansas will not accept an application from an individual lawyer).


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Upon completion of the course you will receive a either a state specific certificate of attendance for the courses that Select Counsel applied for or a Uniform Certificate of Attendance for states that have reciprocity or are self applying/reporting states.  


State by State reporting instructions will be included with each certificate of attendance. You will receive this information via email, as well as in a handout that can be accessed before, during and after the course in your customer account.

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