Medical Cannabis in The Workplace
While medical cannabis has been legal in Canada for many years, our research suggests employers are equally worried about dealing with recreational and medical cannabis.
Mercer’s national survey provides insights to help inform your plans and policies and bolster your employee value proposition.
Employers have identified the top three concerns for medical cannabis are:
74% Employee requests for accommodation
65% Understanding what other employers are doing
62% Understanding the costs of covering cannabis
Currently, 2/3 of employers do not offer cannabis coverage as part of their employee health benefits because:
- 43% NO DEMAND FROM EMPLOYEES
- 34% NO MEDICAL INDUSTRY CONSENSUS
- 26% UNSURE HOW TO PROCEED
- 22% FINANCIAL REASONS
- 11% REPUTATIONAL CONCERN
- 5% COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONSTRAINTS
- 27% OTHER
42% of employees expect health & drug plans to provide some coverage of medical cannabis
22% of employers either provide or are considering providing medical cannabis coverage
CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION’S TOTAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT
- Determined your philosophy & approach?
- Discussed your benefit coverage options?
- Reviewed your plan design?
- Assessed your risk tolerance?
- Considered your future?
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