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Incentives for a Drug-Free Workplace

Did you know there are incentives for having a drug-free workplace? Yep, we’re serious! And it’s not just a small deal or buried treasure that you have to dig to find. It’s part of the “Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998” initiated by CONGRESS. Yeah – pretty big deal!


Thank you, Congress, for the 1998 drug-free workplace act!

Basically, the act states that Congress reviewed the statistics and prevalence of drugs & substance abuse in the workplace and saw the need and importance for drug-free workplaces. So, in addition to enforcing federal agencies to comply, they also offer small businesses incentives when they mandate drug-free workplaces.

Incentives for Drug-Free Workplaces

What kind of incentives you ask? Well, generally they can include:

  • a reduction in workers’ compensation premiums;
  • a reduction in unemployment insurance premiums;
  • tax deductions in an amount equal to the amount of expenditures for employee assistance programs, treatment, or illegal drug testing;
  • other incentives, such as the adoption of liability limitations, as recommended by the President’s Commission on Model State Drug Laws.

Receiving the Incentives

There are requirements that you must comply with in order to receive the incentives. Things like having a formal policy in place, educating employees and more are all part of the deal. However it might just be worth it to many employers out there. Not only are there big payoffs for instituting a drug-free workplace when it comes to productivity, absenteeism and your bottom line – but it looks like there could be some great incentives, too.

Read the complete 1998 Drug-Free Workplace Act to understand the requirements and how to qualify for incentives.

  1. July 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I had no idea there was such an act. It is nice that employers are being rewarded for having drug-free employees. It is a pat on the back to both employers and employees for doing a good job, and for staying healthy and drug-free.

  1. March 25, 2014 at 10:50 am

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