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How to Deal with Workers Using Marijuana

workers using marijuanaFor employers in Australia, dealing with workers using marijuana is comparatively easier. After all, marijuana remains a prohibited substance in Australia. Possession, use, and distribution are punishable by law, and employers only need to reflect the same in their respective drug and alcohol policies. Depending on the severity of the drug offence, an employer is empowered to immediately terminate employees who test positive for marijuana.

American employers, however, have it harder, especially with more than 20 jurisdictions legalising the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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Drug Tests in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

urine testDrug tests in the workplace are becoming more common, with employers getting smart to the fact that 70 per cent of drug users are actually fully employed, according to a United Nations report on worldwide drug use. However, if you’re an employer and you haven’t implemented a drug testing program, here are some things you need to know about it.

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More Australian Mines Targeted in Anti-drug Raids

mining siteAs it is, the mining industry is already a high risk place for work. Mine workers face more dangers on a daily basis than your typical labourer in any other industry. Drug use, however, has made mining an even more dangerous job. This is the case with the Australian mining industry, which has a long history of dealing with drug-related issues among its workers.

Over the years, Australian mines have been the subject of police in anti-drug operations that have resulted in numerous drug arrests, and it’s not about to slow down anytime soon as authorities have promised that there will be more Australian mines targeted in anti-drug raids in the future.

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