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The financial benefits of a drug free workplace

Arguably, one of the best ways to manage workers’ compensation costs is to maintain a safe working environment. Part of this may include establishing a drug-free workplace policy. While it may seem obvious that workers should not be taking drugs while at work, it may be surprising how many workers come to the workplace while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Also, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) reports that drug abuse costs businesses more than $80 billion each year.

With that said, a proper drug free workplace policy will identify the drugs that employees must refrain from (i.e. methamphetamines, marijuana, cocaine) as well as a policy for testing and rehabilitation if there is a positive test or an incident related to drug use. 

Moreover, some providers may allow for a reduction in an employer’s workers’ compensation premium if it implements a state certified drug free workplace program. Depending on the provider, a certificate detailing such a workplace could be sufficient in earning a discount. Evidence of a certified drug free workplace policy ostensibly shows that an employer is taking safety very seriously and is deserving of a premium reduction.

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney is helpful in this regard because he or she can inform you of what the California code allows for regarding premium discounts. In the meantime, a skilled lawyer can create a proper policy or critique your existing policy to make sure that it complies with the standards necessary for obtaining a reduction.

Source: “Is your workplace truly drug free?” August 5, 2014 

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