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Many employers in Arkansas operate as a drug free workplace and conduct drug testing. Like other states, Arkansas has a drug-free workplace program regulating drug testing. Employers who establish such a program, as certified by the state’s labor department, can qualify for a discount on their workers’ compensation insurance premiums. However, employers must follow the state’s rules to get their discount. In Arkansas, employers must test in certain circumstances, and must observe certain procedures intended to protect employee and applicant rights. In Arkansas with drug-free workplace programs may qualify for a 5% discount on workers' compensation premiums.
The drug free workplace program in Arkansas has specific goals outlined in Rule 36. The purpose of this rule is to promote voluntary drug-free workplaces in accordance with Act 1552 of 1999, in order that employers in this state may be afforded the opportunity to maximize their levels of productivity, enhance their competitive positions in the marketplace and reach their desired levels of success without experiencing the costs, delays and tragedies associated with work-related accidents resulting from drug or alcohol abuse by employees. It is also the purpose of this rule that drug or alcohol abuse be discouraged and that employees who choose to engage in drug or alcohol abuse face the risk of unemployment and being precluded from receiving workers’ compensation medical and indemnity benefits.
Can employers in Arkansas save money with drug testing? Yes employers in Arkansas can save money with a drug free workplace. An individual may be disqualified from receiving benefits if the employee is discharged for willful or negligent misconduct associated with employment. Misconduct includes, repeated intoxication (alcohol or use of illegal drugs) on the employer's premises or when reporting to work.
Companies in Arkansas may qualify with a drug free workplace to save 5% on workers compensation premiums, but this is not required as it is a voluntary program. Once the company elects to participate in the program, then the requirements take effect. Also, very important in Arkansas a workers compensation claim can be denied when an employee tests positive after an accident. The law in Arkansas stats that a compensable injury does not include “Injury where the accident was substantially occasioned by the use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs used in contravention of physician's orders”. This is why a drug free workplace is so important for companies and employers in Arkansas and a compliant drug testing program is essential.
Drug Free Workplace programs in Arkansas must include:
- Drug Free Workplace Policy with 60 day notice to employees
- Drug testing of applicants and existing employees for reasonable suspicion, post- accident and follow-up. Other testing is permitted - alcohol testing, periodic exam, return to duty and random testing
- Drug testing in accordance with SAMHSA and DOT regulations
- Use of a medical review officer (MRO)
- Required employee education on drug free workplace
- Supervisor training must consist of 60 minutes on alcohol abuse and 60 minutes on drug use, as well as how to spot the signs of substance abuse
- Access to employee assistance program
- Extensive measures for confidentiality
Regarding alcohol testing, an employee who is not in a safety-sensitive position may be tested for alcohol only when the test is based upon reasonable suspicion. An employee in a safety-sensitive position may be tested for alcohol whenever permitted by law.
In Arkansas when the employee has positive drug or alcohol test the law provides a presumption of intoxication. This means if a drug test result is a positive, then the employee was presumed intoxicated, but proof that the intoxication caused the accident still has to be provided. The law presumes impairment which can relieve the employer of liability.
A statutory intoxication defense to a worker’s compensation claim can save a company money. To successfully establish this defense you must have a drug free workplace policy and conduct post accident drug testing and also show:
- The worker was “intoxicated” at the time of the injury
- The intoxication “caused” the injury
In Arkansas, an employee shall not be entitled to compensation unless it is proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs utilized in contravention of the physician's orders did not substantially occasion the injury or accident.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld dismissals of employees who violate an employer's substance abuse policy. An unemployment claim can be denied based on termination of an employee who violates the drug free workplace policy and has a positive drug test.
Employers of trucking and bus companies in Arkansas must be aware of a special State law ACT 637 which requires all employers of Arkansas commercial drivers to search the Arkansas Commercial Driver Alcohol and Drug Testing Database prior to hiring a commercial driver. Arkansas employers and Medical Review Officers authorized in the state of Arkansas are responsible for reporting positive drug and/or alcohol test results, the refusal to submit to a drug and/or alcohol test or the submission of an altered specimen to this central database
Employers are required by Arkansas law to search the Arkansas Commercial Driver Alcohol and Drug Testing Database prior to hiring commercial drivers. Employers are also required by Arkansas law to report a positive alcohol test result to the database for commercial drivers. In addition, employers must report drivers to the database that refuse to submit to an alcohol test.
Medical Review Officers are required by Arkansas law to report a positive drug test result to the database for commercial drivers. Medical Review Officers must also report drivers to the database that refuse to submit to a drug test or provide an altered specimen.
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