HRM 300 week 2 DQs 2 - 14009

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What are the pros and cons associated with drug testing? What is your opinion toward requiring drug
testing for all new employees? Discuss the ethical and legal considerations associated with drug testing.
Use laws or regulatory policies to support your opinion.

Drug testing is an effective way of identifying substance abuse either in new candidates or existing
employees. "From all indications, drug testing can lessen the effects of drugs and alcohol on job-related
activities: lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and job-related accidents" (DeCenzo & Robbins,
2007. p. 95) . Many companies offer employees assistance programs for help with substance abuse.
Employees can either enter into the program voluntarily or be mandated to participate after failing a
drug test. These programs are usually in place to offer help without the employee fearing for his or her
job. Once an employee completes the program after a failed drug test he or she could be subjected to
further random testing. Failing a second time could mean immediate termination. The cons I see are
possible complications from legally prescribed prescriptions and if the employee is taking them on the
job. Certain medications are narcotic and could impair the employees' judgement. I have personally had
to produce a prescription for medications that were detected in small amounts, but enough to raise a
concern.

I believe pre-employment drug screening is a valid process. The use of drug testing eliminates
the potential risk for later problems that could result in injury or damages. A person failing a pre-
employment drug screening would be a major liability for the company.

Many people feel that drug testing is an invasion of privacy, that what people do on their own time
is their business and as long as they are not impaired at work. Illicit drug use is illegal and therefore
unethical. A grey area in the ethics of drug testing comes in the form of prescription medications. A
person has every right to take medications prescribed by a licensed physician. At what point does it
become the company's right to tell employees what medications they can take and still perform their
job?

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What are the pros and cons associated with drug testing? What is your opinion toward requiring drug
testing for all new employees? Discuss the ethical and legal considerations associated with drug testing.
Use laws or regulatory policies to support your opinion.

Drug testing is an effective way of identifying substance abuse either in new candidates or existing
employees. "From all indications, drug testing can lessen the effects

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