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    Medical Marijuana as it Affects the Workplace

    Date: March 14, 2018, 8:00am – 9:00am
    Fran Baze, VP of Professional Development
    Stockholm Inn
    2420 Charles St.
    Rockford, IL 61108
    No Cost for Rockford Area SHRM Members/$50.00 for Non-Members
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    Registration and a Swedish Buffet breakfast begin at 7:15am, with the presentation taking place from 8:00-9:00am.

    How does Medical Marijuana affect the workplace?

    Attorneys Allison Mecher and Steve Murdock from Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd., Chicago, IL will educate us on this emerging topic.

    Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program – Where It Is and Where You Should Expect It to Grow.

    Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois joined several other states legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis with one of the strictest laws yet created. As more and more states hop on the microbus, where has Illinois’ program gone over these past few years, what has changed, and what do we expect we to see in the future?  We will provide an overview of Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, including how it works and how employers should handle employees active in the program, and we will provide an update on trends we are seeing throughout the nation, including workers’ compensation coverage for medicinal marijuana, as a guide to what we can expect to see in Illinois.  At the end, we will provide some suggestions on what employers should have done by now and what they should do for the future as we look ahead to the anticipated next phase – legalization of recreational cannabis.

    G. Steven Murdock has been an attorney with Inman & Fitzgibbons for 20 years, a partner for 13 of those and named Vice President in 2015.G. Steven Murdock has been an attorney with Inman & Fitzgibbons for 20 years, a partner for 13 of those and named Vice President in 2015. Steve is recognized by employers and employer organizations as knowledgeable in the defense of workers’ compensation claims and is often asked to speak before the firm’s clients, non-client employers, and employer organizations about strategies and developments in the defense of these claims. 

    Steve served from 2008 – 2016 on the Board of Managers for GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley, a Down syndrome achievement center, and volunteers what remaining time he can assisting with programs for adults with special needs at SEASPAR in Downers Grove, Illinois.

    Associate Attorney Allison P. Mecher has been with the firm since 2015 and concentrates her practice in the defense of workers’ compensation cases. Allison graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2009 and worked as a law clerk for a medical malpractice defense firm for two years during law school. She then clerked for a federal Administrative Law Judge at the Social Security Administration from 2010 to 2015. 

    She is also a certified fitness instructor and volunteers her time serving the community as an active member of the Imerman Angels Professionals Board.

    Please contact Shirley McNutt at to inquire about late reservations.