Georgia employers participating in the state’s drug-free workplace (DFW) program must be careful to strictly follow the program’s guidelines or risk incurring workers’ compensation benefit liability they never intended.
Georgia employers receive a 7.5% discount on their workers’ compensation premiums in return for following the DFW program rules. But failure to follow the rules will result in the employer paying back all the premium discounts it received—plus its workers’ comp policy will be canceled.
How DFW works
In exchange for lower workers’ compensation premiums, Georgia employers can agree to adopt the drug-free workplace program. Under the program, employers may test employees starting 60 days after notifying employees the program is starting.
Employers may test all job applicants prior to hiring, but may limit testing and still maintain compliance. For example, employers may limit testing to “sensitive pos...(register to read more)