Drug testing at work has become the hot employment topic. Like P Testing of rental properties, there is an industry that has sprung up around it with experts to be found everywhere. Some employers are using a zero-tolerance policy as a reason to test employees and use a failed drug test as grounds for instant dismissal. This isn’t lawful.
There are some high-risk jobs where a worker must be drug and alcohol-free. We all want our pilot to be sober and focused. Likewise, forestry workers and heavy machinery operators – those areas where one small slip could be fatal. But the same criteria are being applied to jobs that carry a much lower risk and even to occupations where there is no risk at all.