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In Los Angeles and Orange County, Medical Marijuana and Social Media Seen As Emerging EPLI Issues

Questions and challenges surrounding the use of medical marijuana and social media in the workplace are on a growing list of emerging employment practices liability insurance topics, experts say. Medical Marijuana is a major topic of debate in California, resulting to mixed messages being sent to workplaces across Los Angeles and Orange County in regards to everything from tolerance to basic coverage. In addition, the use of Social Media has led directly to enormous liability issues in the workplace. Should an employer be able to use social media like Facebook to investigate present and potential employees? At Total HR Management, we are keeping ahead of the curve when it comes to such cutting edge issues in human resources so we can provide effective protection and information for our clients. Let’s begin with the bevy of Medical Marijuana questions in the workplace.


Drug Testing Protects Everyone

According to Seth Brickman, a senior underwriter at Business Risk Partners, which manages EPL products for Lloyd’s, employment-related medical marijuana issues are “likely to explode over the next three-to-five years…. There are more and more states in line to have ballot initiatives for medical marijuana, never mind California, which has an upcoming ballot initiative to legalize it  [for recreational use], and tax it and sell it like alcohol.” At Total HR, we believe in the right of our client companies to drug test and maintain a drug-free working environment. Safety standards are a top priority, and marijuana use outside the workplace increases potential risks and hazards.


The California ballot has thrown many issues into question, ranging from drug testing to insurance liability coverage. In the employment practices context, questions can arise over whether employers have an obligation to accommodate medical use. California laws remain unclear as to the extent to which employers have to accommodate medical marijuana use outside of work, and we specifically refer to a case where an employee cleared to use medical marijuana was fired for a positive drug test result, even though he used it outside of work.

Moving on, in terms of the use of social media and social networking sites to screen job applicants and investigate personal backgrounds, the liability of employing such screening tactics presents another looming exposure for employers. As a Total HR EPLI Attorney expressed: “I think that is going to become a big issue. We’re just starting to see a couple of lawsuits. When employers screen or check up on employees by viewing such sites, they need to be really careful because all of the same [employee] protections apply. The Internet is taking issues of personal privacy and private space and blowing them wide open. Since there have been so few actual judgments, the legal precedents have yet to be set.”


Employer's Liability and Social Networking

For example, there are many questions you would not ask during a job interview, like a potential employee’s religion or marital status. The answers to these questions, however,  can easily be discovered on an individual’s Facebook page that’s not protected. Beyond being able to see the individual’s race, the majority of Social Media Sites, particularly Facebook, tend to reveal, even to strangers, the individual’s marital status and religious views. Since companies in Los Angeles and Orange County are at the cutting edge of the social networking revolution, they have to be extra careful of how they address social networking issues both with potential employees and present employees.


A bevy of questions have arisen, including: Can social networking sites be used as a tool in the hiring process when doing due diligence on a potential employee? What are the rules of being on a social networking site during work hours for present employees? Should the communication potential of social networking sites be used as a tool with employees and as a marketing device to recruit potential customers and clients? Finally, from an EPLI (Employment Practices and Liability Insurance) perspective, how do the answers to such questions affect questions of coverage, liability and potential future costs?

With a team on top-notched EPLI attorneys on staff, Total HR makes sure that such potential future time bombs, ranging from medical marijuana issues to the challenges of social networking, are addressed before they become problems for our clients, By providing the best in EPLI insurance coverage and educating our clients, Total HR helps to prevents possible problems before they arise. By keeping on the cutting edge of changes across Southern California, in both Los Angeles and Orange County, Total HR makes sure that your human resources are a benefit and not a liability.

Human Resources Outsourcing Santa Clarita

With a successful business sector and a rapidly growing population, Santa Clarita is a notable example of a “boomburb”. While experiencing a rush of positive growth, the city has maintained its suburban character and high living standards. In fact, the FBI rates it as the sixth safest city in the United States with at least 100,000 inhabitants and Money magazine ranked Santa Clarita 18 in their top 100 places to live in 2006. On July 1, 2007, to offer new businesses tax incentives to operate inside the city, the industrial and commercial areas in northern and western Santa Clarita were zoned as a federally recognized Enterprise Zone. Presently, the Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone covers 97% of all commercial, business, and industrial zoned land within the City of Santa Clarita. Although this zoning allows local businesses to claim hiring, sales and use tax credits, starting a new business or growing a present business remains a challenge in the current economic climate. Total HR Management understands the challenges of a growing business and offers constructive solutions to make the vision of your company into a viable reality.

As a hands-on specialist in human resources outsourcing, Total HR Management has extensive experience and expertise helping companies save money and time. By helping business owners to focus on their bottom line, expanding their profit margins, Total HR provides companies in “boomburgs” like Santa Clarita the freedom to work on their business as opposed to in it. If you are new to HR outsourcing and you need more specific information, please contact Total HR and all of your questions will be addressed. By integrating your payroll needs, managing your benefit programs and administration, and offering the best in Workers’ Compensation solutions, Total HR will help to foster the success of your business.

Need EPLI Coverage? Consider our Share Liability Solution

Employment Practices and Liability Insurance is essential for any successful business. As a growing company in Santa Clarita, you may need to add or renew your EPLI Insurance in order to insure the future safety and security of your business. If this is the case, particularly if you are considering getting an EPLI Insurance policy for the first time, we would like to show you how we can help with our shared liability solutions. If want to know more, please call us at (800) 975-5128 or fill out our Consultation Form so we can have one of our Southern California-based staff contact you directly.

Looking for a Payroll Service? Why Not an Integrated Payroll Solution?

Total HR offers an integrated Payroll System in our package of first-rate services that fits well with the expanding needs of the Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone. Although payroll is only the beginning of an overall human resources solution, it is an essential starting point. In the current economic climate, reliable and efficient Payroll Services have become a necessity for the success of any growing business. Total HR offers different levels of Payroll Services to match the needs of your company. Our Integrated Payroll Service, including Payroll Plus and Payroll Premiere, allow your company to do more with less, providing the flexible services you need to continue to grow and expand your business.

Time to Shop for Workman’s Comp? Save Money with our Integrated Workers Compensation Solution!

As any successful business owner knows in Santa Clarita, a Workers’ Compensation problem can derail a company if the business is not properly covered. What begins as a minor issue can become a legal morass if your company’s Workers’ Compensation safety administration and claims management is not properly integrated. Total HR Management can save your company money with our Workers’ Compensation Programs that have been shown to provide the best in cost-effective and safety-conscious tools and services.

Health Insurance is Changing, We Can Help Your Business Navigate this Complex Terrain

With the growing number of complex changes in National and California Health Insurance Policies, it is essential for a successful business in Santa Clarita to keep current. In addition, the laws that revise these policies are continually changing and a growing business needs to have the latest up-to-date information. Luckily, the experts at Total HR Management make sure that our client companies have the latest information and stay ahead of the curve. The Cost-Effective Health Insurance Solution that Total HR can offer companies in Santa Clarita is part of a much larger and full-featured Benefits Program and effective management tools for business owners and their employees. The focus at Total Hr is to give you the best programs we can offer for the least amount of money across the board.

As your company in Santa Clarita continues to grow and expand, you need the freedom to work on your business and not in it. Total HR Management offers the Total HR Difference that ultimately will save you both time and money. If you want to learn more about the Total HR Difference, please call us at (800) 975-5128 or fill out our Consultation Form and one of our responsive and present staff members will contact you.

Finally, if you want to know more about Total HR from the clients that we have worked with over the years, check out the Success Stories on our website and listen to the voices of our clients. Like business owners working in the Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone, they are real people who found real answers with Total HR Management that save them money and helped their companies continue to grow and expand. After all, shouldn’t the ongoing success of your company reflect the “Boomburb” climate of Santa Clarita as a whole?

Dennis Bernstein is a seasoned business guide who creates perspective and inspires performance with leaders and key managers in the private, non profit and government sectors.


  • MBA, The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University
  • BS, Woodbury University


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