Legal marijuana and the workplace: A matter of policy
What is an employer to do in a state with legalized marijuana—medical or otherwise?
Any employer who is not concerned about the negative effects of employing drug and alcohol abusers is deluding him- or herself. Substance abusers cost companies money (absenteeism, presenteeism, workers comp claims, “re-work,” tardiness, pilferage and more).
But if marijuana is legal, how does an employer deal with that in the workplace?
Simple.Make it against company policy for employees to have any drugs of abuse in their systems. Alcohol is legal, and it’s perfectly acceptable–and obligatory, actually–that employers insist on sobriety in the work place.
In states with some form of legalized marijuana, it is critical that employers make sure they have a good, solid, defensible policy on drug and alcohol use.
Policy is step one. You also need to have proper supervisor and employee training, and most important: Testing.
Pre-employment testing is not enough.
Tim Thoelecke, CSAPA, is the founder of InOut Labs.
InOut Labs is a nationwide provider of employee drug testing services, and your best choice for affordable, direct-to-consumer health tests. Tim Thoelecke is a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator, Breath Alcohol Technician Trainer and a Certified Professional Collector Trainer, certified in drug and alcohol testing for DOT and non-DOT employers. He is a graduate of Duke University, the Keller Graduate School of Business, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and he founded InOut Labs to help employers and individuals take control of their health, culture and safety. InOut Labs also provides corporate wellness screenings, flu shot clinics, DNA testing and direct-to-consumer lab tests and B12 shots.
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