Ohio Drug-Free Safety Program Guide
Unemployment Denial – Ohio Code 4141.29
Intoxication Defense – Ohio Code 4123.54
Intoxication Defense – Denial of Workers Compensation Claim – Ohio Revised Code Section 4123.54 provides that if, at the time of an on-the-job injury, an employee is intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance not prescribed by a physician, an injury can be declared to be not compensable. Ohio employers must follow the requirements of the voluntary program.
Marijuana – Ohio has a medical marijuana law. This does not mean that employers in Ohio cannot drug test or drug test for marijuana. Employers are not limited in any employment actions based on an employee’s medical marijuana use. A person who is discharged from employment because of that person’s use of medical marijuana shall be considered to have been discharged for just cause for purposes of [unemployment] if the person’s use of medical marijuana was in violation of an employer’s drug-free workplace policy, zero-tolerance policy, or other formal program or policy regulating the use of medical marijuana.
Nothing in the Ohio medical marijuana law prohibits an employer from establishing and enforcing a drug testing policy, drug-free workplace policy, or zero-tolerance drug policy. In fact in Ohio, the drug free workplace program is strongly encouraged by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Qualifying employers can receive discounts on workers compensation insurance when implementing a comprehensive drug free workplace program.
This chart is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal guidance. State and local law varies greatly; therefore, you are advised to consult experienced legal counsel during the development or edit of your actual substance abuse testing program and with any questions that follow.
State Law Ohio