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Fighting through laws to establish drug-free workplace

February 12, 2019

If you’re an employer who wants to help the fight against opioids by establishing a drug-free workplace, there’s a lot more to it than copying an employee handbook policy you might find online.

That’s part of what Amy Adolay, an attorney knowledgeable in substance abuse law, said this morning during a training session for employers in Fort Wayne.

The session was sponsored by Indiana Workforce Recovery, a partnership between the Wellness Council of Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office.

The Fort Wayne program is one of eight being presented statewide as part of Indiana’s response to the opioid addiction crisis.

Overdoses last year claimed 130 lives in Allen County alone -- nearly twice as many as motor vehicle crashes, according to statistics presented at the training.

Adolay, a partner in Krieg Devault in Carmel, said employers, depending on their size and whether they do government-related work, have to weed their way through a maze of laws on how to develop and implement workplace policies.

The laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Health Information Privacy Act. 

There’s also a state law that went into effect in July aimed specifically at employers who don’t have Employee Assistance Programs, or EAPs, she said.

rsalter@jg.net

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