Popping Pills: Legally Addressing Employee Use & Misuse of Prescription Medications in the Workplace

recording Popping Pills: Legally Addressing Employee Use & Misuse of Prescription Medications in the Workplace

You Will Learn:

  • How employers should address the use of prescription medications by employees in their drug and alcohol policies (if at all)
  • What to do if an employee cannot perform the job safely while using prescription medications
  • When employers can conduct drug testing for prescription medications, and the pitfalls of doing so
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Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem and is now classified as an epidemic by the CDC.

In fact, 52 million Americans, over the age of 12, have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime. 1 million people have used them non-medically in the PAST MONTH.

The use and abuse of medications in the workplace is a serious issue.  Yet unlike illicit drugs, for which most U.S. employers can test easily and legally, prescription medications present a number of challenges to organizations.

For one, the mere presence of these substances in a drug test does not constitute an offense, unlike with illegal drugs. And many employees using these medications are protected by the ADA, which limits an organization’s ability to question its employees’ use of such drugs.

This is a thorny area, where federal (ADA, ADEA and FMLA) and state laws collide. Unfortunately, most employers do not have the fortitude and risk tolerance to enter the storm, even when they know it's a major liability.

Learning Objectives

This information-packed webinar explores best practice strategies for handling this challenging situation both tactfully and legally. In just 75 minutes you will learn:

  • How employers should address the use of prescription medications by employees in their drug and alcohol policies (if at all)
  • What to do if an employee cannot perform the job safely while using prescription medications
  • When employers can conduct drug testing for prescription medications, and the pitfalls of doing so
  • Employer obligations when employees become addicted to prescription medications
  • Post-drug rehabilitation rules for drug testing
  • Whether medical marijuana should be treated like other prescription medications
  • If employers must tolerate the use of medical or recreational marijuana in states where it is legal

Product ID: 5359

Learn Best Practices for Legally Addressing Employee Use & Misuse of Prescription Medications in the Workplace!

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Faculty

Kathryn J. Russo
Kathryn J. Russo
Shareholder, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Kathryn J. Russo is a Shareholder in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a firm resource on the legal issues implicated in workplace drug and alcohol testing arising under federal, state and local laws.

Continuing Education Units

  • hrci

    HRCI – Receive 1.25 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at www.hrci.org.

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