The Alaska Drug Free Workplace law is a state law that requires certain employers to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace. The law applies to employers who have contracts with the state or who receive certain state grants or loans, as well as employers who are regulated by certain federal agencies, such as the Department of Transportation.
Under the Alaska Drug Free Workplace law, covered employers must develop and implement a written policy that prohibits the use, possession, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol in the workplace. The policy should also outline the consequences for violating the policy, which may include disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
Employers covered by the law are also required to conduct drug and alcohol testing of employees in certain circumstances, such as after an accident or if there is reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use. Testing must be conducted in accordance with state and federal regulations, and employers must maintain strict confidentiality of test results.
Failure to comply with the Alaska Drug Free Workplace law can result in penalties and sanctions, including loss of contracts or grants, as well as potential civil liability for damages resulting from an employee’s drug or alcohol use.