Drug Testing in the Workplace

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 15 November 2011
John Jermyn
Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP
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It’s come to my attention that one of our employees has been taking illegal drugs. I know he takes them at the weekend because he’s quite open about it but I don’t, as yet, have evidence that he’s taking them during working hours but I worry he might be. There is a company policy in place regarding drug testing which is referred to in his contract. In light of this, can I legally send him for tests? If so, and the test comes back positive what options are open to me?

John Jermyn writes:

This is a very complex issue due to the fact that the statutory provision for drug testing in the workplace has not yet been fully implemented.

Section 13(1) (c) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act

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John Jermyn
Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP

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