Employers operating in states that have legalized marijuana use may be having a tough time figuring out how to handle a worker who smoked pot the night before. The employee may or may not still be experiencing some of the effects when they punch in for work – whether they sit at a desk or operate heavy machinery.
A recent Paychex survey bears out this dilemma for employers: more than one-third of business owners with fewer than 500 employees say they are not yet prepared to manage the impact of legalized marijuana on the workplace — 34% say this regarding medical marijuana and 38% say this regarding marijuana for recreational use.
The respondents are slightly more prepared to manage legalized medical use than recreational use: 42% say they are very prepared to handle someone who smoked pot for medicinal reasons, while 39% say this for someone who just wanted to get high to relax. A quarter are somewhat prepared for both (24% for medical use and 23% for recreational use).
Broken down by industry, the professional services sector is the most prepared (70%) for medical use and the least prepared for recreational use (58%). Manufacturing and retail/wholesale are the most prepared industries for recreational use (tied at 64%), while manufacturing is the least prepared for medical use (64%).
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