Employment Law Updates

For employers involved with federal contracts, the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act imposes requirements that are not generally applicable to other employers. The Act applies to all federal contractors with contracts in excess of $100,000. Covered employers must take certain measures including the following:

  • Publish and give a policy statement to employees informing them that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited;
  • State penalties for violating the policy, and establish a drug-free awareness program;
  • Impose a penalty or require satisfactory participation in a rehabilitation program by any employee who is convicted of a reportable workplace drug conviction;
  • Make an ongoing, good-faith effort to maintain a drug-free workplace.

These are only some of the Act’s requirements. We recommend that federal contractors include a Drug Free Workplace Act section in their employee handbook to comply with the Act.

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