California Law Will Protect Employees’ Use of Marijuana Outside Work
Sep 21, 2022

CDF attorney Dalia Khatib was quoted in the Society for Human Resources Professionals (SHRM) article, "California Law Will Protect Employees’ Use of Marijuana Outside Work," on September 20, 2022.


The California Legislature recently passed a bill prohibiting employers from penalizing workers for using marijuana during their off-work hours.

Recreational use of marijuana has been legal in California since 2016. While off-duty use would be legally protected, the new bill does allow employers to fire or suspend workers for possessing, using or being impaired by marijuana while at work.

The law will take effect in January 2024.

"I anticipate concern surrounding safety-sensitive positions," said Dalia Khatib, an attorney with CDF Labor Law in Sacramento, Calif. "This will also impact how seriously an employer should look at a person's conduct."

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