Massachusetts legislation does not address drug testing in private employment; however case law has specified that random drug testing may be subject to be weighed on a case by case basis and courts will balance the employee’s privacy rights to the employer’s interest. Massachusetts unemployment law and workers compensation law does not specify drug testing procedures or requirements; therefore, employers are free to implement a policy that conforms with employee positions and job duties. Marijuana is legal medically and recreationally. An employer with drug testing policy that tests for Marijuana may be subject to a disability discrimination claim under Massachusetts law if the employer takes an adverse employment action or otherwise discriminates against a “qualified handicapped employee” based on the employee’s off-site, off-duty use of lawfully-prescribed medical marijuana.
This Massachusetts Drug & Alcohol Law Training overview course provides private employers and interested employees in Massachusetts a summary of the current law in Massachusetts as it relates to drug and alcohol testing. The course has been designed for the benefit of both legal and non-legal professionals. We have attempted to improve readability by avoiding “legalese” whenever possible and by keeping the important points clear and concise.
This course will cover important topics such as:
Whether you are a small business owner, an interested employee, corporate counsel, or the VP of Human Resources for a Fortune 500 company, this course offers you valuable insight into private employers’ options and restrictions under Massachusetts workplace drug and alcohol testing laws. Learn how courts are interpreting key provisions Massachusetts in the Statutes and the Massachusetts Constitution to make more informed workplace testing decisions going forward.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
This course includes formal assessment techniques including quantitative strategies. Course exams utilizing a number of random questions taken from a larger question pool assess the understanding of key terms and concepts within the curriculum.
Students will need access to a computer with reliable internet access. The computer must be able to play video. Our videos are optimized for FlashPlayer.
This course is self-paced and does not expire. This course may take longer or shorter to complete depending on student pace, reading, and comprehension level. The average time to complete this course is one hour.