Wisconsin Alcohol & Drugs laws & safety compliance analysis

Wisconsin Alcohol & Drugs: What you need to know

State Requirements
Drug Testing

Some states have comprehensive laws that regulate or prohibit drug testing, but with the exception of employers on public works projects, discussed below, Wisconsin does not have such a law. Wisconsin employers are therefore free to screen employees or applicants for drugs, without violating any state laws. There is additional information and a detailed discussion on how to implement a drug-testing program. Please see the national Alcohol and Drugs section.

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The Wisconsin Fair Employment Practice Act (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 111.31et seq.) prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of certain classifications, including disability. According to the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations (DILHR), alcoholism an drug addiction may be protected disabilities. Under the Act, a person cannot be discriminated against for either reason (Persons with Disabilities on the Job, publication number ERD-7550-P). This means that an employer may be required to reasonably accommodate an individual with a substance abuse problem, provided the individual can satisfactorily perform his or her job duties and does not pose a direct threat to safety in the workplace. However, employers can require employees who use alcohol or have abused drugs to meet the same standards of performance and conduct set for other employees, and may prohibit the use of illegal drugs and alcohol in the workplace. The state Act covers all employers regardless of size.

State Employees

Wisconsin also has a State Employees' Antidiscrimination Law (WI Gen. Stat. Sec. 230.01, Sec. 230.18-.19) that prohibits discrimination in state employment.

Public Works Projects

Effective May 1, 2007, employers ...

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