Tests, drugs and the payroll – understanding your obligations as an employer

With the introduction in recent years of roadside drug testing, and the surge in drug-related accidents at work, employers are coming under increasing pressure to ensure their staff are fit to work, and that health and safety aren’t compromised as a result of an individual being impaired.

According to a survey carried out in 2015 on employees from a range of sectors, nearly a third admitted using drugs at work, with a significant number claiming to be ‘under the influence’ every working day. In fact, many of those admitting to taking drugs were using cannabis or other illegal narcotics.

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