All Joint Agreement workplaces are drug- and alcohol-free workplaces. All employees shall be prohibited from:

  1. Unlawful manufacture, dispensing, distribution, possession, use, or being under the influence of a controlled substance while on Joint Agreement premises or while performing work for the Joint Agreement, and
  2. Distribution, consumption, use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol while on Joint Agreement premises or while performing work for the Joint Agreement.
  3. For purposes of this policy a controlled substance means a substance that is:
    1. Not legally obtainable,
    2. Being used in a manner different than prescribed,
    3. Legally obtainable, but has not been legally obtained, or
    4. Referenced in federal or State controlled substance acts.

As a condition of employment, each employee shall:

  1. Abide by the terms of the Joint Agreement policy respecting a drug- and alcohol-free workplace; and
  2. Notify his or her supervisor of his or her conviction under any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring on the Joint Agreement premises or while performing work for the Joint Agreement, no later than 5 calendar days after such a conviction.

In order to make employees aware of dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, the Joint Agreement will:

  1. Provide each employee with a copy of the Joint Agreement Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace policy;
  2. Post notice of the Joint Agreement Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace policy in a place where other information for employees is posted;
  3. Make available materials from local, State, and national anti-drug and alcohol-abuse organizations;
  4. Enlist the aid of community and State agencies with drug and alcohol informational and rehabilitation programs to provide information to Joint Agreement employees;
  5. Establish a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about:
    1. The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace,
    2. Available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, re-entry, and any employee assistance programs, and
    3. The penalties that the Joint Agreement may impose upon employees for violations of this policy.

Joint Agreement Action Upon Violation of Policy

An employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination. Alternatively, the Board may require an employee to successfully complete an appropriate drug- or alcohol-abuse, employee assistance rehabilitation program.

The Board shall take disciplinary action with respect to an employee convicted of a drug offense in the workplace within 30 days after receiving notice of the conviction.

Should Joint Agreement employees be engaged in the performance of work under a federal contract or grant, or under a State contract or grant of $5,000 or more, the Director shall notify the appropriate State or federal agency from which the Joint Agreement receives contract or grant monies of the employee’s conviction within 10 days after receiving notice of the conviction.