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Watch Out, is that a DUI on your record, can I keep my job?

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP at Strategies for Success

Here in Arizona, we have some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. Getting a DUI is a very serious act, and is far more common than one may think. A DUI on your record will affect your job if your company has a written Drug and Alcohol policy. Some companies have a zero tolerance policy, in which the employee will be terminated immediately, while others will work with the employee to coordinate appropriate treatment for the substance depending on the job. While more and more companies are including drug and alcohol policies in their repertoire, too many are living in denial not addressing this epidemic and putting the company and employees at risk for liability. Even small businesses really should have a company policy as illicit substance use and abuse is so prevalent. It is fairly simple to implement a random drug testing program, and can be a very effective way to make your working environment as safe as possible.

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