Total Credits: 1.25 Illinois
The panelists will discuss what if any impact Illinois’ recreational marijuana law has had on public employers with “safety-sensitive employees,” grounds and methods for marijuana testing in the workplace, the increasing popularity of medical marijuana and CBD products and how that increase will implicate existing drug testing policies. They will also provide an update on relevant arbitration awards concerning marijuana and the public workplace.
Bryan Diemer is an attorney with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, AFL-CIO. Bryan received a law degree with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations and a bachelor’s degree in economics-- both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout his career, he has represented labor unions and related Taft-Hartley benefit funds in federal and state court, as well as administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Bryan has also negotiated many public and private sector collective bargaining agreements and arbitrated many grievances arising under those collective bargaining agreements.
Brad Jansen is Deputy General Counsel, Labor & Employment for the Chicago Transit Authority, where he has worked since 1996. Mr. Jansen manages labor relations with 17 unions representing 10,000 employees. He represents the CTA in negotiations, interest arbitrations, and grievance arbitrations. He advises executive management on labor and employment matters, including wage and hour issues, FMLA and ADA compliance, and EEO policies. Mr. Jansen frequently develops and conducts management training programs. He and his section attorneys also represent the CTA in state and federal courts, the EEOC, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other agencies. Mr. Jansen is an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University, where he teaches labor and employment law. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Peter Conrad McNamara is a Senior Attorney for the Chicago Transit Authority in the Labor & Employment Division. His current practice consists of primarily defending federal employment lawsuits, state employment lawsuits, labor arbitrations, state administrative proceedings, and providing advice & counsel to CTA’s management. Prior to joining CTA, Peter worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 8 ½ years handling similar labor & employment matters as well as clerking for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, for approximately 3 ½ years. Peter received Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Psychology from DePaul University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. He is a proud alumnus of Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Illinois. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Illinois, Peter is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is a member of the Northern District’s Trial Bar.
Robert J. Scherschligt is Legal Counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 916 in Springfield, Illinois. His current practice consists of negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and representing the Union in disciplinary matters, grievances, mediations, and arbitrations. Prior to joining the Teamsters, Bob served as Sangamon County’s Chief Public Defender from November 2010 until January 2020. He has more than 27 years of litigation experience at the county, state, and federal levels. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Millikin University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University’s School of Law. He is a registered certified public accountant and is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois and Missouri. In addition, he is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.