Joyce Smithey to Speak at the Labor and Employment Section Program at the MSBA Annual Meeting

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Joyce will be speaking at the Labor and Employment Section program at the MSBA Annual Meeting. The program will take place on Friday June 14 from 8 to 10 am. The program topic is:

Marijuana in the Workplace. The program will cover:

  • Maryland’s Drug Testing Law
  • ADA and Maryland law on Accommodations
    • What the law requires with regard to prescription drugs as a comparison
  • The state of Federal and State Laws regarding Marijuana
    • Illegal under Fed.
    • State laws that make recreational use legal and how that impacts an employer’s right to discipline, especially in states with lawful off-duty conduct laws
    • Laws that make medical use legal
      • What the laws say?
      • How they differ
      • Some prohibit retaliation or adverse employment actions
      • How the case law has developed
      • What about Maryland law? What does it require?
      • Preemption arguments?
  • Where do lawyers see the law going?
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Joyce Smithey, a seasoned employment and labor law attorney, has over 22 years of experience representing both employers and employees in Maryland and D.C. Her practice, rooted in a deep understanding of employment law, spans administrative hearings to federal litigation. Joyce's approach is comprehensive, focusing on protecting client interests while ensuring legal compliance. A Harvard graduate, her career began in Fortune 500 companies, transitioning to law after a degree from Boston University School of Law. Joyce's expertise is recognized by numerous awards, including Maryland’s Top 100 Women. At Smithey Law Group LLC, which she founded in 2018, Joyce continues to champion employment rights, drawing on her rich background in law and business.

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