As the ‘green wave’ continues to move across the country and marijuana is legal in more and more places, it’s often easy for employers to assume that they’re losing their rights. Nothing could be further from the truth, and while some states have gone totally legal, others still have plenty to concern themselves with – from marijuana to opioids and beyond.
Georgia, for example, has yet to even make medical marijuana legal. As such, the rights of an employer are very clear – employers have the right to use a ten or five panel drug test to prescreen applicants and also for random testing of employees. Simply put, you have the right to maintain a totally drug free workplace.
There are numerous reasons to use a five panel drug test in Georgia workplaces, including the following:
- Maintains higher levels of on the job safety
- Reduces workplace theft and crime
- Increases overall productivity
- Lowers medical costs and turnover rates
- Increases attendance
- Avoids legal issues and noncompliance
In short, keeping a drug free workplace is vital for any employer, anywhere in the state and regardless of their industry. But there is, of course, a right and wrong way to go about the process. Here are some of the main things to keep in mind:
- Employers must have a clearly defined drug testing policy in place that allows them to lay out their drug test policy and keep their employees informed. You’ll need to explain all aspects of your policy, from testing rules to consequences.
- Each employee must sign the drug testing policy, as should applicants who will be tested before being offered a position. This is them giving consent for testing, nothing more.
- Stay vigilant with your testing and with your policy. You’ll want to make sure that you follow your own policy just as much as employees do.
- To simplify things, consider working with an outside drug testing facility that offers all types of drug screening. This way you can focus on operating your business while they handle the actual process of testing and keeping your facility safe.
The bottom line is that drug testing in Georgia is still very much a right of employers, and something that they should consider using to keep a safe, drug free workplace.