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Businesses learn how to create drug-free workplace

Area business owners and organizations this morning heard what they can do to create a drug-free workplace in a community recognized to have a serious methamphetamine problem.

A symposium hosted by the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County highlighted the specifics a company should have in its policy, what one company experienced and how the insurance industry supports the cause. Nearly 40 people attended the breakfast meeting at the Elks Lodge 518 in Nevada City.

Before officially hiring someone, companies with a specific stated drug policy can testsomeone they’ve offered a job to, said Penn Valley employment law attorney Jeff Ingram. Beyond that, businesses can test employees performing potentially dangerous activities, and if any employee appears under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can be tested if there’s a previously stated drug policy.

Implementing a drug free workplace policy initially was tough for business but ultimately the right thing to do, said Bob Medlyn, general manager and chief executive of Beam Easy Living Center in Grass Valley.

Medlyn said he lost 25 percent of his installation crew when his company started the policy.

To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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