1. Opioids, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism in the Workplace: How to Accommodate a Common Problem

Opioids, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism in the Workplace: How to Accommodate a Common Problem

Opioids, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism in the Workplace: How to Accommodate a Common Problem
Event ID: 18059
Recording: 15423

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law, president and founder, HR Learning Center LLC
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, managers, supervisors, training, in-house counsel, financial officers, CEOs

Substance abuse and alcoholism issues regularly occur in the workplace and are more common than you may think, and the opioid epidemic is affecting workplaces and communities across the country. The signs may not be obvious, but the effects can arise in many different ways. Active users can affect productivity, not only their own but also the productivity of others around them. Attendance and absentee problems can arise as well, not to mention negative workplace morale. Issues can even arise around recovering alcoholics and addicts in your workplace as well. The ADA may provide some protections for these employees, and may necessitate certain accommodations. However, while the law generally treats alcoholism and drug addiction as disabilities, there are differences in how affected employees may be accommodated that you need to know.

Please join Melissa Fleischer as she discusses how substance abuse and alcoholism are treated by the ADA and get best tips on how your managers can best manage these employees and still be legally compliant.


This webinar will cover:

  • Tips to keep in mind when handling workplace substance abuse issues
  • Misconceptions that may lead to discrimination against employees with substance abuse problems
  • Anti-discrimination laws and how they apply to disabled workers with substance abuse problems
  • Which workers are protected by the ADA when they have substance abuse issues
  • The legal distinction between a current drug addict and a recovering drug addict and how that impacts their protections under the ADA
  • What you can and cannot do in applying performance standards to such disabled employees
  • Tips to effectively handle worker drug and alcohol abuse while staying within the law
  • Resources available in your organization for managing substance abuse issues.


Your conference leader for “Opioids, Substance Abuse and Alcoholism in the Workplace: How to Accommodate a Common Problem” is Melissa Fleischer, attorney at law. Ms. Fleischer is a management-side employment attorney with 20 years of experience representing clients in employment law discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. HR Learning Center, LLC offers training seminars, webinars, and consulting on a wide range of workplace and human resources issues. She is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of employment law topics including: workplace investigations, anti-harassment training, FMLA and ADA training, workplace violence prevention, etc. Ms. Fleischer earned her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.


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