Workplace drug test­ing

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Rev­e­la­tions that the pi­lot of a bal­loon that crashed in the Wairarapa, killing 11 people, had prob­a­bly smoked cannabis on the morn­ing of the f light, high­lights grow­ing con­cerns about drug use in the workplace.

Sarah Townsend, an em­ploy­ment law specialist at Dun­can Cot­ter­ill, says em­ploy­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure they man­age haz­ards in their workplace but that the line is some­times blurred be­tween an em­ployer’s duty to man­age haz­ards and an em­ployee’s right to pri­vacy.

“While the courts take drug and al­co­hol abuse in the workplace very se­ri­ously, it is not au­to­mat­i­cally jus­ti­fi­able to sack an em­ployee who has failed a drug test,” she says.

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