Drugs and Alcohol

Eliminating substance abuse in the workplace is good for business. It reduces health insurance costs, improves employee productivity and reduces the likelihood of accidents, which adversely affect workers’ compensation costs. California has gone so far as to eliminate smoking from the workplace.​

  • Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988

    Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988Any organization that enters into a federal contract for the procurement of property or services valued at $100,000 or more or receives any federal grant must follow the regulations of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.  More »

  • California's Drug-Free Workplace Act

    California's Drug-Free Workplace ActCalifornia's Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990 is almost identical to the federal act, but applies only to people or businesses contracting with or receiving grants from California state government.  More »

  • San Francisco Drug Testing Ordinance

    San Francisco Drug Testing OrdinanceThe city of San Francisco enacted a local ordinance relating to drug testing. This ordinance places certain explicit limitations on an employer’s ability to require drug testing.  More »

  • Transportation Industry Drug and Alcohol Testing

    Transportation Industry Drug and Alcohol TestingBoth state and federal laws impose strict requirements on employers and operators engaged in commercial transportation. Failure to comply can result in significant penalties to both employers and individual operators.  More »

  • When Drug Testing May Be Permitted

    When Drug Testing May Be PermittedNumerous states, including California, have passed drug testing laws. However, California is one of seven states whose constitutions also guarantee an individual’s right to privacy.  More »

  • Drug or Alcohol Rehabilitation

    Drug or Alcohol RehabilitationCurrent illegal drug use is not a protected disability under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act or the state Fair Employment and Housing Act and current users are not protected from discrimination.  More »

  • Drug-Free Workplace Policies

    Drug-Free Workplace PoliciesYou may want to create a drug-free workplace policy, regardless of whether your organization is required to do so under the Drug-Free Workplace Act.   More »

  • Smoking in the Workplace

    Smoking in the WorkplaceFor several decades, smoking in public has been hotly debated. In California, legislation began in the mid-1990’s, resulting in a 1995 law that placed a uniform statewide ban on smoking in the workplace.  More »

    ​​Read about 2016 legislation.