Combatting the Opioid Epidemic at Work: Employers’ Guide to Limiting Legal Liability while Enforcing Drug-Free Workplace Policies Webinar



Franklin & Prokopik principal Albert B. Randall, Jr. and counsel Sarah S. Lemmert will be participating in a webinar on February 20, 2018. Please see below for additional information.

What can employers do to combat the opioid epidemic?

Opioid use has risen to epidemic proportions in the U.S., affecting all 50 states and cutting across economic and demographic segments.

In fact, according to a recent survey 80 percent of large employers are concerned about abuse of prescription opioids. Yet, only 19 percent of employers feel “extremely prepared” to deal with prescription drug misuse in the workplace.

So, what can employers “legally” do to identify and help employees avoid, overcome and manage opioid addiction?


This practical webinar identifies what employers can and can’t do to enforce drug-free workplace policies, and will guide you through the steps you should take to avoid violating ADA and other state and federal laws, such as HIPAA.

  • Prescription drug addiction’s impact on worker productivity and safety
  • How to identify signs of prescription drug abuse and potential opioid addiction
  • Employer obligations under OSHA’s general duty clause
  • Specific steps to take if an employee appears impaired on the job
  • Strategies for improving drug-free workplace policies—and quell abuse of prescription painkillers paid for by employer-funded plans
  • Confidentiality, electronic recordkeeping, and legal liabilities under HIPAA
  • Tips to help improve employee communication about potential drug abuse
  • Employer’s responsibility for reasonable accommodation under the ADA
  • Treatment and continuing care options for employees
  • Your role as a benefits or HR manager in helping addicted workers


February 20, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm