Can Massachusetts Employers Fire Workers for Off-Duty Marijuana Use?

Complying with marijuana laws and understanding their impact on the workplace is tricky for multistate employers, but even the laws in a single state can be difficult to navigate. In Massachusetts, for instance, medical and recreational marijuana use is legal, but employers can still fire workers who test positive for the substance—in some situations.

Employers and workers alike should keep in mind that no law requires an employer to tolerate on-the-job marijuana use or impairment. But protections for off-duty use may depend on the specific job and the reason an employee consumed cannabis.

We've rounded up the latest news on this topic from SHRM Online and other trusted outlets.

Read the full article by Lisa Nagele-Piazza from SHRM here.