Under Rhode Island law, employers may drug test employees if reasonable grounds exist to indicate that the employees are under the influence of controlled substances or impaired while performing their job. This means random testing is not allowed. The employee drug testing statute also imposes consequences for employers who do not follow the requirements in the statute. Employers should also keep in mind that Medical Marijuana is legal in the state of Rhode Island, therefore should be conscious not to discriminate an individual based on a medical condition even though they might test positive for marijuana. The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has already ruled that a job applicant cannot be refused employment if he or she holds a Medical Marijuana card.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS COURSE?

This Rhode Island Drug & Alcohol Law Training overview course provides private employers and interested employees in Rhode Island a summary of the current law in Rhode Island 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:

  1. What type of testing is allowed in Rhode Island;
  2. The benefits and drawbacks of implementing a testing policy including relevant insurance discounts and how to qualify;
  3. Some of the observed dangers and pitfalls other employers have encountered through relevant case law; and
  4. The current status of state marijuana laws and their current effects on the implementation of workplace testing programs.

WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS COURSE PACKAGE?

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 Rhode Island workplace drug and alcohol testing laws. Learn how courts are interpreting key provisions Rhode Island in the Statutes and the Rhode Island Constitution to make more informed workplace testing decisions going forward.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Determine the workplace testing options afforded to private employers in Rhode Island;
  2. Determine the restrictions on workplace testing for private employers in Rhode Island; and
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of key workplace testing concepts particular to Rhode Island.

HOW IS STUDENT PROFICIENCY ASSESSED?

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.

THIS COURSE IS PERFECT FOR

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Business Owners
  • Safety Officers
  • Fleet Supervisors
  • Site Supervisors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Employees of Private Businesses
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Employment Attorneys
  • Compliance Consultants
  • Other Workplace Testing Stakeholders

MATERIALS NECESSARY FOR COURSE COMPLETION

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.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE?

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.

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