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Federal - ADA and Opioid Abuse

On August 5, 2020, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a guidance addressing employees and the use of codeine, oxycodone, and other opioids. This guidance explains the nondiscrimination and reasonable accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that are applicable those not engaged in current, illegal drug use and who are qualified for employment. This information is not new policy, instead it applies principles already established in the ADA, clarifies existing legal requirements, and discusses the following:

  • Disqualification from a job for opioid use, legal use of opioids, and drug testing;
  • On the job performance and safety when using opioids, reasonable accommodations, and addiction; and
  • Employee rights and legal process when a violation occurs.