Many companies struggle with deciding how many strikes they will allow on drug and alcohol testing results before they fire the employee. This can be a controversial subject, since some staff members can become angry and sue for wrongful termination or become a liability to the company’s assets in another way. Deciding how many strikes to allow before termination is a process which can be quick and painless. There are some things for you to consider which will help clarify standard industry practices as well as how you want to run things in your specific company.
First, if your business is in a high hazard industry, you will have to find out if there are any laws or rules which must be followed with regard to terminating an employee and on what grounds are considered acceptable. Your company faces enough liabilities without one or more of your employees becoming yet another liability, and they can be a very real one. Next, high hazard industries tend to carry the largest percentage of employees who abuse drug or alcohol due to the stressful working environment. For this reason, you might consider allowing more strikes before termination, simply because more strikes are just very likely to occur. Workplace drug testing is part of protecting your assets and remaining in business, and in hazardous industries, especially non-transportation industries, your resources may be better used in retaining as much muscle as possible, and giving your employees some leeway to work with.
Secondly, depending upon the nature of your company and the nature of the majority of the job positions available, you may wish to invest in an employee assistance program to reduce staff turnover and to also reduce leakage of company secrets or practices. Sometimes, the safest thing to do in order to protect your assets is to help your employees recover, rather than terminating completely. Employee turnover, and perhaps the overtime pay for current employees who have to fill in until the position is given to a permanent staff member, can be very costly. Save yourself and your company money by carefully evaluating your policy regarding number of strikes given to employees who fail their drug tests. Contact CMM Technology today to talk to one of our experts about how we can help make your workplace a safer area: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.