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Chamber looking at workplace impairment

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.
September 12, 2013 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS – If marijuana is legalized what could that mean to business owners and managers? That is one thing things the social issues committee is considering in hosting a lunch and learn seminar on how to deal with employee impairment in the workplace.

Aleece Laird, who sits on the Chamber of Commerce committee, says they are trying to be more proactive than reactive and with the possibility of legalization of marijuana on the horizon the subject was something members were interested in.

“Unless you have an HR department, or a huge legal team, it can be hard to deal with,” Laird says of the sensitive subject. “There's a lot of implications if you handle it wrong. This (seminar) will allow them to put programs and policies in place.”

Interest in the seminar has been strong. With a week before three local experts speak on the subject they are already 60 per cent sold out. Laird describes the session as informal and cosy, a good opportunity to not only get information but to also ask questions.

Debra Sloat of Simply Communicating, Don Anderson of TQM Consulting and Hugh MacInnes of HM Law will all speak at the two-hour seminar.

“We want to lead the community,” Laird says. “We asked what kind of information can we provide to businesses and business managers. It's not that they have come to us with problems.”

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