FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – DRUGS DON’T WORK
Q: How is Drug-Free Workplace defined?
A. It is an employment setting where all employees adhere to a program of policies and activities designed to provide a safe workplace, discourage alcohol and drug abuse and encourage treatment, recovery, and the return to work of those employees with such abuse problems. The intent of the program is to educate adults on the problems relating to substance abuse. The one place where there can be mandated adult education is in the workplace. This empowers the individual and the family, resulting in stronger communities.
Q: Do I have to drug test all my employees?
A. No, all employees are NOT required to be tested, however, pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident testing are required.
Q. Do I have to fire an employee who tests positive for drugs?
A. No, you have the right to fire an employee or take disciplinary action, which should include an agreement by the employee to undergo substance abuse treatment.
Q. Do all my employees have to go through the training at the same time?
A. No, you may divide your workforce into groups. Drugs Don’t Work attempts to make the program as user friendly as possible. Lectures, articles, and videos are some ways to accomplish the hours of training needed.
Q. When does the workers’ compensation insurance premium credit begin to accrue?
A. The premium discount will be applied pro-rata as of the date of certification (the date of approval by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation).
Q. When does the insured actually receive payment for the credit?
A. The insured employer, however, will not receive payment for such credit until after the annual final premium audit under such policy.
Q. How long will an insured employer receive the 7.5 % discount?
A. The insured employer is entitled to receive the 7.5 premium credit for up to eight years from the date of original certification. Thereafter, the premium discount shall be determined from the insured’s experience rating plan, or in the case of an insured not rated upon experience, the premium discount shall be determined by the Commissioner of Insurance based upon data received from the insurers.