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.

California, federal and local laws govern issues relating to drugs, alcohol and smoking in the workplace.

  • Check local ordinances in locations where you conduct business or where employees are located to make sure that there aren't any municipal regulations relating to workplace drug testing or other alcohol- or smoking-related issues.
  • Visit HRCalifornia's Local Ordinances section for detailed information on local employment-related ordinances in California, including drug-testing ordinances.