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Will Drug, Alcohol Tests Prompt Future Lawsuits?

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

June 13, 2013

In a post for Law Fuel, Jim Castiglione and Sarah Wilson of Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists discuss the issue of whether drug and alcohol testing is an unnecessary intrusion into employees’ privacy rights. “Employers’ and employees’ clashing interests have led to arguments about the most appropriate way to protect employee privacy while providing employers with sufficient opportunities to ensure workplace safety is maintained,” they write. The report details the types of tests involved, past lawsuits and the privacy implications of new technologies. “It may only be a matter of time before this issue is relitigated,” they write.
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