When drug abuse isn’t an obvious problem in the workplace, it’s easy for employers to develop a cavalier attitude about it. That’s not smart.
Even isolated incidents of drug abuse can cause dangerous safety conditions, injuries and shoddy work. It’s in your best interest to detect employee drug abuse early and root it out immediately. But that’s easier said than done.
Keeping your workplace drug-free means knowing how to spot the problem and effectively respond to it—without violating employees’ legal rights and creating legal liability.
Develop a drug abuse policy
Your first line of defense is a policy clearly stating that you don’t tolerate illegal drug use at work. Include your policy in your (register to read more), post it conspicuously and communicate it to your employees frequently. It should spell out your rules on the use and abuse of drugs and the consequences for employees who violate them. State that res...