Drug Testing and Workplace Disputes
When there is a dispute in the workplace, you as the boss are often called upon to act as arbitrator
or, in some cases, referee in a boxing match. There can be many things which start these disputes,
but the main thing to remember in settling them is that there are two adults who should, in all
respects, act like two full grown adults when they are in the workplace. Outside of the workplace,
they can brawl like idiots for all you care, but inside the jobsite environment, their behavior must
be controlled to a certain extent, especially if it is disrupting the peace of other people.
Of course, if any of your employees abuse illicit substances while at work and one or more of them
ends up in these brawls, you have some strong evidence that they are under the influence. But, you
still need documentation for legal and company policy reasons. You still need to have a paper trail
of scientific evidence to back up your dismissal or other action taken concerning the employee.
Without this evidence, you may be setting yourself up for legal liability, strenuous workplace
dealings, and less than professional future dealings. Drug testing is necessary to make sure that you
have all of the documentation you need to justify any action taken concerning a substance abusing
employee, even if it is obvious to everyone and their mother that the worker has done this while on
Protect your company assets by implementing drug testing, but don’t just do that. Implement
onsite drug testing with Mediscreen. NATA accredited Mediscreen to AS 4308 for onsite drug
testing. Pre-employment screening and regular workforce testing is great for making sure that those
disputes are just that, and not the result of a chemical imbalance impairing judgment in the brain.
Make sure that you have a plan and that you regularly schedule Mediscreen to come to your
business and screen your employees for both drugs and alcohol. Our health and wellness specialists
will make sure that everyone is at least in good physical and mental health, albeit with the
occasional workplace dispute.
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