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Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Workplace

Susan Fahey Desmond is Keynote Speaker at Ijona Skills. She is a Principal in the New Orleans, Louisiana office of Jackson Lewis P.C.Ms. Desmond, who maintains an active practice in both Louisiana and Mississippi, specializes in the areas of labor and employment and civil litigation, including representing employers in Family and Medical Leave cases,discrimination claims relative to age, sex, disability, race,religion, and sexual harassment, and handling EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial process. Ms. Desmond also routinely counsels clients........

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Overview

Alcohol and drug addictions cost employers billions of dollars every year. Addictions are a growing problem in our country, and every employer will likely have an employee struggling through this common disease.

Why should you attend?

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 with 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 will walk you through legal issues associated with addictions and how to write a strong drug and alcohol policy.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Understanding addictions and why they happen even to "good" people.
  • Signs that an employee may be suffering from addition.
  • 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. 
  • 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"?

Who can Benefit:

  • Company owners
  • Human resource professionals
  • Risk managers 
  • Benefit managers

Webinar Id: ISFFD001

Duration: 90 mins

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