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October 16, 2018 "Is He Acting Funny? Drug Testing Employees in a Complicated Landscape"
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Join the SEPA SHRM Chapter on October 16, 2018 for a breakfast presentation on "Is He Acting Funny? Drug Testing Employees in a Complicated Landscape."

When: 8:00 - 10:30 AM
Where: American Heritage Federal Credit Union - Community Room
2068 Red Lion Road
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19115
United States
Contact: Laurie Sample

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  • 8:00 Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:30 Business Meeting, Introductions and "Hot Topics"
  • 9:00 Featured Speaker
  • 10:15 Professional Networking


Is He Acting Funny? Drug Testing Employees in a Complicated Landscape

Speaker: Katharine T. Batista

  Right now, employers are faced with a myriad of influences in the workplace that make drug testing employees increasingly difficult to navigate. Political tensions and the threat of workplace violence, an opioid epidemic and quickly changing state and local laws that legalize marijuana converge to create a complicated landscape. At first blush, the simple solution is to test employees for their use of controlled substances. However, the increase in the legalization of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes, concerns over disability and disparate impact lawsuits and changing OSHA regulations make it harder than ever for employers to navigate this endeavor. Many of these same concerns hold true for how courts will treat an individual with an opioid addiction. This presentation will offer guidance on how to simplify and implement a process by identifying key issues of concern and compliance.

Ms. Batista is an employment and labor attorney at Offit Kurman, P.A. who represents businesses in the spectrum of employment related claims. Specifically, Ms. Batista successfully defends employers against claims of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful terminations and wage and hour violations, in single plaintiff and class action lawsuits. Ms. Batista also commonly represents her clients in non-compete, restrictive covenant and contractual interference matters.

In addition, Ms. Batista counsels her clients on employee issues ranging from employee classification to disability leave; drafts employment agreements and policies; and commonly presents and trains on employment law topics before the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and other human resources organizations.

Ms. Batista currently serves on SEPA SHRM’s Board as the VP of Programming. In 2017-2018, Ms. Batista was selected by SuperLawyers to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars lists.

Before joining Offit Kurman, Ms. Batista worked at Jackson Lewis, P.C., a national employment and labor law firm, representing management exclusively. During her tenure there, Ms. Batista completed a secondment as the only in-house employment and labor counsel at a global chemical, science and engineering company.



  • HRCI: 1 General Credit
  • SHRM: 1 Professional Development Credit

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