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    Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Breakfast III: Marijuana, the Workplace & Virginia Law

    Date: June 28, 2023, 7:30am – 9:00am
    Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce
    Holiday Inn - Tanglewood
    4468 Starkey Road
    Roanoke, VA 24018
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    Business Advocacy Breakfast III:  Marijuana, the Workplace & Virginia Law

    Presented by: Todd Leeson, partner with Gentry Locke Attorneys

    Sponsored by: Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce 

    As you know, it is now lawful in Virginia to use/smoke marijuana (Cannabis).  What does this mean for Virginia employers?  Please join us on June 28 for our next Business Advisory breakfast presented by Todd Leeson, chair of Gentry Locke’s employment law group.  Todd will provide answers to the legal questions he is hearing from businesses in our region.  As examples, we will discuss whether employers should modify their drug-testing protocols or policies.  Todd will also educate businesses as to how to handle circumstances in which an employee seeks the right to use marijuana for purported medical reasons (i.e., medical marijuana prescription).  Todd will also provide practical advice to employers on this evolving topic.   Please join us for this important update.

    Todd Leeson has over 30 years of experience representing and advising Virginia employers in employment and labor law matters and litigation.  He regularly defends employment claims in Virginia courts and before agencies including the EEOC, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), DOL, OSHA (whistleblower and retaliation claims), and the Virginia Deivision of Human Rights  His experience includes the defense of companies as to alleged violations of Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, the NLRA, and Virginia employment lasws.  Todd regularly drafts, enforces, and/or litigates non-compete agreements and executive employment contracts.  In addition, he has considerable expereince representing management in labor union matters including union avoidance campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations.  He also represent Virginia colleges in various student conduct matters including Title IX and sexual misconduct. 

    Todd is rates "AV/Preeminent" by Martindate-Hubbell, is repeatedly named one of the Best Lawyers in American in Labor & Employment Law, and has regularly been named to various lists, including Virginia Legal Elite and Virginia Super Lawyers.  As recent examples, in 2022 Best Lawyers in America named Todd the "Lawyer of the Year" (Labor law-management) in Roanoke.  Todd was also honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2021 as a "Leader in the Law."