March 2017 Membership Meeting

  • Wed, March 08, 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Capital City Country Club


  • Registrants will be sent a link in order to access the live stream of the presentation.
  • Registrants will be sent a link in order to access the live stream of the presentation.
  • Registrants will be sent a link in order to access the live stream of the presentation.

Join us for our March membership meeting, Dealing with the Hazy Issue of Marijuana in the Workplace, presented by Chad Sorenson on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 11:30am - 1pm at the Capital City Country Club. 

Executive Overview:

As if changes in the employment laws weren’t enough, now HR professionals have to deal with differing state laws as marijuana legalization becomes widespread across the US. Between medical and recreational marijuana, employers are finding themselves asking what they can prohibit and what is legally protected activity.

As HR professionals, we need to consider multiple aspects of the situation and determine the best course forward. Unfortunately, many of the specifics have yet to be clearly defined by legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, or the courts. We will look at the impact of medical and recreational marijuana on Drug-Free Workplace policies, the American’s with Disability Act, federal contractors, workers covered under DOT regulations and more. 


Specific objectives accomplished in this session will include being able to determine the potential accommodation issues relating to the medical use of marijuana as it relates to drug testing. In addition, participants will understand the importance of updating their workplace policies in light of the recent changes in state laws as well as understanding where to look for recent developments. Attendees will also understand the impact of the growing trend of legalized recreational marijuana use and best practicesto minimize any impact on the workplace. 

Presenter: Chad Sorenson

Chad Sorenson is the President and founder of Adaptive HR Solutions, LLC and has over 20 years of diverse business, communications and human resource experience.

He works with companies that range from 5 to 1,200 employees and focuses on leadership development, manager training, employee performance management and employer compliance in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, construction trades, and professional services organizations. Prior to founding Adaptive HR Solutions in 2008, Chad has been Vice President, Director and Manager of Human Resources for several companies in the Jacksonville area.

He is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional and a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Chad serves on the Executive Committee as the Treasurer for the HR Florida State Council, which has over 14,000 members statewide. He is also the Immediate Past President of SHRM Jacksonville having served as President for 2015 and 2016. Chad regularly speaks to other SHRM Chapters and business associations across the state on topics such as leadership development and employee engagement.

Chad is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The keys to his success are Devotion to God, Dedication to Family, Continuous Service, Lifetime Learning, and Always Remembering to Laugh. 

In order to receive a refund for your registration, it must be cancelled by Monday, March 06, 2017.

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