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Know the rules for Georgia’s drug-Free workplace program

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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)

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Pete Patel January 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

People can also couple this service with worker’s compensation, payroll, and other HR services. The efficiency alone helps to prevent errors and a smoother employee/employer relationship.


Pete Patel January 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

For GA, the savings from a drug free workplace are outweighed by the intangible benefits of a safe work environment and more productive work force.


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