Ames V. Home Depot And Employee Substance Abuse

Law360, New York (February 4, 2011, 2:47 PM EST) -- It’s a new year but employers are still facing many of the same old problems. Take, for example, the problem of the employee who habitually reports to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

For years, employers have been struggling to balance their obligation to provide leave or otherwise make reasonable accommodations for such employees against legitimate business concerns regarding workplace safety, attendance and job performance. However, a recent Seventh Circuit case confirms that there are ways to appropriately manage an alcoholic or drug-dependent employee...
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