Employers in Florida who have zero-tolerance policies toward all drug use may need to recreate their policies if a Massachusetts court ruling makes its way into Florida employment suits. A recent decision regarding medical marijuana use off-hours could have major ramifications now that Florida allows medical marijuana use in general.
Whether you have a drug-testing policy in place yet or not, you should firstly know that the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance claims that small businesses actually bear the greatest burden when it comes to substance users. So if you're just now establishing these policies as a new business, you're at a higher risk as a growing business than larger corporations with strict, tried-and-true procedures in place. Why is this? Drug users don't normally apply to jobs at large companies because they have these company wide drug use policies-instead they might be aiming for employment with a startup/smaller organization with fewer resources (and thus motivation) to perform routine drug checks. As a general rule, they assume they are safer, and proceed with use without worrying about it negatively affecting their position.