ADA: Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace

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Live Webinar | CEU Approved

  • 90 minutes

Every employer – large or small – eventually has to deal with an employee who has an alcohol or drug addiction. The costs to the employer are extensive – and not just in direct health care costs. Employees with addictions have absenteeism issues, production issues, and are more likely to have a work-related injury. It is unfortunate when an employer has not had the foresight to have a solid drug and alcohol policy in place prior to facing an actual issue. Without these policies, employees do not know what to expect, and employers wonder what they can legally do and what they should do as a practical matter. 

This webinar with expert Susan Desmond will walk you through legal issues associated with addictions and how to write a strong drug and alcohol policy.  

Session Highlights

  • What obligations, if any, do you have under the ADA with regard to alcoholism?

  • When the ADA’s safe harbor provision is applicable?

  • How are courts interpreting “currently using illegal drugs”?

  • Understanding addictions and why they happen even to “good” people 

  • Signs that an employee may be suffering from addiction

  • What underlying medical conditions can lead to addiction?

  • How to handle an employee who arrives at work under the influence

  • Legal risks for allowing those under the influence to drive home

Why You Should Attend

Alcoholism and drug abuse in the workplace bring with it absenteeism, production and work-related issues. An employer must know all the legal issues present and know what to do in such a scenario. This webinar will help you set up a proper drug and alcohol policy and understand the legal issues associated with substance abuse.

Who Should Attend

  • Human resource managers

  • Benefits managers

  • Company owners

  • Counselors and Trainers

  • Mall Executives, Security Personnel, and Store Managers

  • Business Executives, Supervisors, and Managers

  • Public Administrative Personnel, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, etc.

  • Culture and Organizational Development Managers and VPs 

  • Controllers

  • Administrators

Ask your question directly from our expert during the Q&A session following the live event.

Susan  Desmond

Susan Desmond

Susan Fahey Desmond is a principal with Jackson Lewis PC. She has been representing management in all areas of labor and employment law for over 30 years. A frequent author and speaker, Ms. Desmond is listed in Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers for labor and employment law. She is also listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers and Louisiana Super Lawyers.

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