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Can our substance-abuse policy also apply to out-of-town travel?

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Q. Our drug and alcohol policy states: “While on company premises and while conducting business for the company off premises, no employee may use, possess, distribute, sell or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.” Some of our staff asked if this also applies to them when they travel or attend out-of-town seminars at hotels. Does our policy still hold up in this situation?

A. Based on the policy’s language, it still applies when an employee is conducting company business. That arguably encompasses travel for work and attendance at work-related seminars. If the employees are representing the company when they are out of town, it is appropriate to expect them to comply with your policy.

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