The world of sports has never been a stranger to drug-related controversies, but if Power CEO Keith Thomas gets his way, the Port Adelaide Football Club will never get caught up in anything like that.Read More
In a move that could only be seen as a reversal on its long-running stance against workplace drug testing, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is now pushing for mandatory drug and alcohol testing on building sites.Read More
In Australia, a good number of job applicants are failing the pre-employment drug tests many employers are implementing for their companies. As it turns out, the same is true in neighbouring New Zealand, specifically in the city of Wanganui, according to a report by Regan Schoultz for the Wanganui Chronicle.Read More
A report by Kristian Silva for The Brisbane Times reveals that over the last two years, almost a dozen train drivers and guards working for Queensland Rail have failed workplace drug and alcohol tests.Read More
The Fair Work Commission has dismissed a labour union’s attempt to block a coal exporting facility’s decision to adopt both urine and saliva drug tests for their workplace drug testing programs, and in effect declared that dual testing deters drug use in the workplace better than a single-method regime.Read More
The termination for failing a random drug test of an employee of a company involved in the maintenance and service of baggage carousels at Sydney Airport has been upheld by the Fair Work Commission, says an article written by Tim Greenall for the Madgwicks Lawyers website.
By upholding the termination of employee for positive drug test, the FWC, sitting with a full bench, has effectively dismissed the unfair dismissal claim filed by the employee in question. The commission also stated that the positive test result constituted serious misconduct, and provides a valid reason for the employee’s sacking.
The employee, whose duties included “safety sensitive aviation activities”, maintained he only smoked a single marijuana joint with friends the Saturday before the test, and that it was done while off-work. The FWC, however, pointed to the fact that he showed up for work with cannabis levels above the acceptable threshold, and that was deemed to be “at work” conduct and in violation of the employer’s drug policy.Read More