Q. Can we suggest psychiatric help for an employee we suspect may be having trouble with substance abuse? And can we require a random drug test?
A. Suggesting psychiatric help could be viewed as akin to requesting a medical examination, in which case it can be done only if it is for job-related reasons and is a business necessity. Suggesting psychiatric help could also support a claim that you perceived the employee to have a mental disability.
Refer the employee to your(if you have one), or ask if you can provide any assistance. If the employee admits to a substance abuse problem, you could suggest a rehabilitation facility.
You can require a random drug test, but you should do so in the context of a drug testing policy. The policy should state the company’s prohibition on being under the influence of drugs or alcohol during work.
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