It is important if not critical for Employers to have an in-depth understanding of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the American with Disabilities (ADA) impacts their company when dealing with alcohol & substance abuse.The ability to manage the idiosyncrasies of the processing of FMLA & ADA and how one processing failure can result in thousands of dollars in fines & penalties, auditing by the Department of Labor (DOL), cost of investigations, loss productivity and the cost of misuse by employees. In addition, statistics shows that over 61% of Employers have difficulty managing FMLA leave and intermittent leave.
When you add the complexities of other new mandatory regulations like leave regulations, reasonable accommodation and currently or soon to be legally effective, the possibility of FMLA overlapping with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the increase of discrimination claims and wrongful termination allegations by employees, it is no wonder that this long time leave process is an administrative nightmare for Employers
Alcohol and Substance use can negatively affect employers through issues such as lost productivity, absenteeism, workplace accidents and injuries, theft, low employee morale and increased illness and health care expenses. Employers and their representatives have important roles to play in managing employees with alcohol and substance abuse problems, including developing policies, training managers to recognize signs of substance abuse, guiding employees who exhibit such signs to obtain help and taking action when workplace policies are violated.
Assisting employees with substance use disorders and encouraging and supporting treatment can positively impact employers as savings can be realized from increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and decreased health care claims.
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