GC + CHRO: Tackling Employment Issues and Ensuring Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: May 22, 2018
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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Defending Reasonable Accommodations in Drug Policy
  • Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
  • Reassessing Company Drug Policies
  • Finding Balance between Zero-Tolerance and Reasonable Accommodations
  • HR Policies
  • Current Cases
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: May 22, 2018


Every organization has HR policies that are in place to help protect the company and its employees, and having a competent drug and alcohol policy is a must for any organization, large or small. Most corporations have zero-tolerance policies for drugs and alcohol, but with many US states now legally prescribing marijuana for medical use, organizations are beginning to reassess their drug testing policies to keep up with the new laws while ensuring fairness to all employees, regardless of the medications they may be prescribed.

In this session, we’ll discuss how GCs and HR executives are teaming up to reevaluate employee drug testing policies -- including (but not limited to) medical marijuana, how to incorporate cannabis issues into your current drug policy, and how to find the right balance between zero-tolerance and reasonable accommodation, while avoiding unnecessary discrimination.

This program was recorded on May 22nd, 2018.

Provided By



Stephanie Shirley

Labor, Employment & Ethics Counsel
Brunswick Corporation

Stephanie is the Labor, Employment & Compliance Counsel at Brunswick Corporation.

Kim Metrick

VP, Employment Law, Legal Operations & Investigations
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Kim Metrick is Vice President, Employment Law, Legal Operations and Investigations for the Walgreen Company, the nation’s largest drugstore chain with more than 8,000 pharmacies across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kim began her career with Walgreens in 1995 as a Senior Attorney. She has held various management positions throughout her career with Walgreens. In her current role, Kim is responsible for leading a team of employment law and employee benefit attorneys and legal staff professionals engaged in a broad based national employment and accessibility law practice. Together they work with Business Leaders and Human Resources to support employment decisions that reduce risk and drive business objectives. Kim also oversees the Global Legal Operations and Investigations Functions at Walgreens. Prior to joining Walgreens, Kim was an associate with the law firm of Ross and Hardies (now McGuire Woods).

Kim holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Kim is a frequent speaker on employment law topics and is active in various community service organizations. A longtime advocate of diversity within the legal industry, she is the immediate past President of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law. Her work to advance women’s initiatives was also recognized by Best Lawyers magazine where she was awarded a Woman of Influence award in 2017. This year, Kim was awarded the 2018 Walgreen Champion of Champions Legal Division Engagement Award, an award that recognizes team members who best demonstrate the Walgreens mission to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy. She was the 2018 recipient of the Women’s Bar Foundation Rise Up and Reach Back award for her contributions to the legal profession and efforts to advance women’s initiatives in law.

Mike Berendt

Head of Talent Engagement & Relations

As a strategic executive, attorney, advisor and leader leveraging experience with mid-size to F- 50 corporations, Mike has become a recognized expert in employee and labor relations. His impressive career spans over 16 years of executive and legal experience where he has consistently been the driving force behind corporate policy and business protection that has led to sustainable success.

Mike has worked as in-house labor and employment counsel with companies such as Pepsi Beverages Company (f/k/a PepsiAmericas), JC Penney Co. Inc., and Jewel-Osco. He has deep experience in labor and employee relations, union contract negotiations, and counseling all levels of management on day-to- day employment issues.

Mike currently serves as Head of Labor Relations & Employee Engagement for Wayfair, Inc.

Christine Binotti

Lead Counsel
Motorola Solutions

Christine Binotti is Lead Counsel for Motorola Solutions, specializing in Labor and Employment, Immigration/Employee Mobility, and Data Privacy.

Before becoming an expert in Labor and Employment law, Christine served as the lead Solutions Procurement Counsel for Motorola’s Global Services and Solutions business and provided commercial legal support for Motorola’s North American Sales team. Prior to joining Motorola, Christine served as Counsel for La Petite Academy, Inc., the nation’s leading early education and child care provider. She is well versed in all aspects of legal compliance, including Labor and Employment, Data Privacy and Protection, Employee Benefits, Employment Litigation, Immigration/Employee Mobility and Commercial Contracting.

Christine currently serves as a Committee Member for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Street Law Program. Christine graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

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