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Concerns With Drug Testing in the Workplace

issues with drug testingMore and more employers are now implementing drug testing in the workplace. Private business and government agencies both are beginning to recognise how beneficial workplace drug testing can be. It is, however, not without issues. Controversies about drug testing abound, particularly when it’s random in nature or requires urine samples. Workers protest that drug tests of this kind is an invasion of their privacy, and therein lies much of the issues with drug testing in the workplace.

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What to Include in Your Drug and Alcohol Policy

drug and alcohol policyIf you’re an employer and you haven’t drafted a clear cut workplace drug and alcohol policy just yet, don’t worry. You’re not alone, as countless other companies have yet to formally write down rules for their employees to follow as far as drugs and alcohol are concerned. However, don’t take too long to come up with a drug and alcohol policy for the workplace. Every single day counts, and you wouldn’t want to be dealing with a drug and alcohol-related issue in the workplace when you don’t have a policy in place.

When you finally get around to creating a workplace drug and alcohol policy, make sure that the following elements are included in it:

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The Controversies Behind Workplace Drug Testing

workplace drug testingWorkplace drug testing has been around for some time now, but controversies continue to hound it. These controversies are hardly surprising. Workplace drug testing, after all, will always be a contentious matter because it essentially triggers a collision between the interests of the worker and the interests of the employer. Employers want them done in the name of workplace health and safety and business productivity, while workers typically cry invasion of privacy and dignity robbery when forced to undergo workplace drug testing. (more…)

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