Over half of Sask. small busi­ness own­ers con­cerned Cannabis le­gal­iza­tion will im­pact safety in their work­place

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE -

Small busi­nesses are grap­pling with a new mess of in­con­sis­tent and un­even work­place cannabis le­gal­iza­tion reg­u­la­tions across the coun­try. In fact, a new sur­vey con­ducted by the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (CFIB) re­veals that 55 per cent of Saskatchewan small busi­ness own­ers are con­cerned the le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational cannabis will im­pact safety in their work­place. As a re­sult, the CFIB has de­vel­oped a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tional and work­place tools to help em­ploy­ers man­age the change.

“Gov­ern­ments had the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a clear, mod­ern sys­tem for cannabis. Un­for­tu­nately, the process of le­gal­iza­tion has cre­ated more ques­tions than an­swers for small busi­ness own­ers, on top of ev­ery­thing else, like the fed­eral tax changes and sig­nif­i­cant changes to labour laws in many prov­inces,” said Dan Kelly, CFIB’S Pres­i­dent. “Small busi­ness own­ers don’t have lawyers or HR spe­cial­ists on staff, so they need sup­port to pre­pare for the new re­al­ity of le­gal cannabis. The hun­dreds of ques­tions we have re­ceived on how to ad­dress cannabis-re­lated work­place is­sues pro­vides clear ev­i­dence of the un­cer­tainty and need for proper guid­ance.”

To en­sure small busi­nesses are ready, CFIB has cre­ated a suite of tools, in­clud­ing a free we­bi­nar, a work­place drug and al­co­hol pol­icy tem­plate and an on­line course for em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees on work­place im­pair­ment. All of the re­sources, with the ex­clu­sion of the on­line course, are pub­licly avail­able at cfib.ca/cannabis.

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