Red and Watery Eyes, Slurred Speech, Dorito Crumbs and Other Red Flags: New Legal Challenges to Drug and Alcohol Testing

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Workplace Application: You will review trends in drug and alcohol testing and learn steps you can take to keep your workplace safe.
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With the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in four states, the move to decriminalize marijuana in others and the widespread acceptance of medical marijuana, you are faced with new challenges to drug testing and workplace safety policy enforcement. Additionally, the misuse of prescription drugs and alcohol continues to account for workplace accidents and injuries, as well as attendance and job performance problems. Federal and state discrimination and privacy laws can shield medication information from employers that are already worried about “perceived as disabled” and other claims. This session will provide an overview of current laws, review workplace trends in drug and alcohol testing, identify legal pitfalls to avoid, and highlight affirmative steps you can take to keep your workplace safe and functioning properly.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

James Reidy


Jim is a management side employment lawyer who represents organizations ranging from multi-national corporations, to closely-held businesses, to not-for-profit entities and public sector employers. He chairs the firm’s labor and employment group which is recognized as one of New England’s best.

Jim presents seminars on a wide range of employment law topics. He is a workplace law resource for several media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, HR Magazine, Bloomberg, Kiplinger, as well as several local media outlets.  Jim is also a regular presenter at SHRM’s Annual Legal and Legislative Conference, as well as SHRM’s national conventions.

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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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