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SmartSearch® Announces its First Smart Practices Webinar for 2014: “Legal Marijuana? Implications for Human Resources & Employers”

SmartSearch® Announces its First Smart Practices Webinar for 2014: “Legal Marijuana? Implications for Human Resources & Employers”

Oceanside, California   February 15, 2014

Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), the makers of SmartSearch®, announced the first webinar of 2014 in its smart practices series for recruiters, staffing, and human resources professionals will look at “Legal Marijuana? Implications for HR” on February 20.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia now have statutes that allow the use of medical marijuana, and recently Colorado and Washington have made marijuana legal for recreational use. At the same time, many private companies that are not federal contractors have adopted Drug-Free Workplace policies aimed at alcohol and drug use by employees/applicants.

In an informative, hour-long overview, attendees will learn the answers to some important questions about the implications of legal use of marijuana for employers, including: How to tell if your employees are under the influence of alcohol or marijuana; are employees who use legal medical marijuana subject to discipline for being under the influence? Are employers required by state Workers Compensation law to provide marijuana for employees who have medical marijuana cards? How do the new laws impact Drug Free Workplace policies?

The webinar is presented by Connye Harper, JD, SPHR and principal at Harper Strategies, LLC, a Human Resources and Organizational Development company. Ms. Harper has over 35 years of experience as a nationally recognized expert in labor and employment law. She has developed and implemented policies, practices, and programs that assist her clients in compliance with federal and state laws & regulations. She is a member of the American Bar Association and its Section on Labor and Employment Law.

Webinar space is limited, with SmartSearch users given preference. To register visit

“Our smart practices webcasts are offered in addition to our weekly user training sessions,” said Doug Coull, CEO at APS. “Through close cooperation with our vendor partners and industry experts, we are pleased to offer our customers proactive resources and timely information to keep up with changes in recruitment landscape.”

The SmartSearch® recruiting software is best known for the ability to seamlessly integrate with existing systems and applications for managing all employment-related information from one easy to use interface. The February 20 program will touch on SmartSearch® applicant tracking software integrates with background check and drug screening service providers for managing the recruiting workflow and hiring data.

SmartSearch® partners with subject matter experts to present “smart practices” webinars throughout the year. These informative, topical webcasts are presented as a value-added service for users of SmartSearch, and are open to members of the human resources and recruiting community. Previous topics include: On-boarding For Success; Three Steps Toward Greener Recruiting; The Four A’s of Recruitment Advertising, Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce; and a primer on OFCCP Compliance which was eligible for HRCI recertification credits.

About SmartSearch®: Since 1986, Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. has led the way in the development and deployment of quality talent management and recruiting solutions. Having pioneered the field of resume-scanning-based recruiting solutions, APS is a recognized innovator in on-demand technology and recruitment data management. Its signature product, SmartSearch® currently in its seventeenth release, serves over 165,000 users and 4.7 million job seekers worldwide. For more information, visit:

About Harper Strategies: Harper Strategies, LLC is Human Resources and Organizational Development company whose Mission is to assist organizations fulfill their Visions by providing strategic planning and consultation centered around the five core Human Resource Management functions: STAFFING which includes Job Analysis, Job Descriptions, Workforce Planning, Recruitment, Compliance with Civil Rights Laws and Regulations, Pre-Hire Testing, Background Investigation, Reference Checks, Interviewing Applicants, and Hiring; RETENTION which includes Compensation and Benefits, Employee Relations, Health and Safety, Conflict Resolution, and Teamwork Development; DEVELOPMENT includes Job Enrichment Programs, Performance Measurement and Feedback, and Organizational Development; ADJUSTMENT which includes Discipline, Investigation of Employee Complaints, Transfers, and Layoffs; and MANAGING CHANGE which includes Creating and Implementing the Vision of where the company is going and what resources are required to make its Vision a reality. For more info, visit

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