Employee Substance Abuse and Alcoholism: Navigating the Legal Labyrinth

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Download (DL)     $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Brian P. Goodman, attorney at law, Boardman & Clark LLP
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? HR, administrators, school counsel, counselors
Best For: K-12, Higher Education

Substance abuse and alcoholism provide a myriad of challenging legal dilemmas for HR professionals. Employees dealing with these issues are more common than you think, and the effects can surface in many different ways such as attendance, job performance, employee relations, and others. Failing to understand the law in these areas could result in lawsuits, damage to workplace morale, and the loss of otherwise good employees who needed accommodation. Following the “lifecycle” of a single hypothetical employee struggling with substance abuse issues and alcoholism, this webinar analyzes the challenging legal issues presented at each crucial stage of employment and provides key strategies for navigating safely through the legal labyrinth surrounding these issues.

Please join Brian P. Goodman as he covers issues you need to understand when dealing with employee substance abuse and alcoholism at the hiring stage, the performance issues stage, and finally the termination stage of employment.


This webinar will help you:

  • Learn how the law treats alcoholism differently than illegal drug use, and learn how to address each situation appropriately during all stages of employment
  • Learn to avoid making snap decisions by learning the difference in state and federal law regarding accommodating employees suffering from alcohol abuse issues, including the interaction of the FMLA with state and federal disability discrimination laws
  • Learn how to terminate employees suffering from substance abuse issues and alcoholism when necessary without violating the law or upsetting workplace morale
  • Learn when and how you can test applicants and employees for drug or alcohol use


Your conference leader for “Employee Substance Abuse and Alcoholism: Navigating the Legal Labyrinth” is Brian P. Goodman. Brian is a member of Boardman and Clark LLP’s school law and labor and employment practice groups. Prior to attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, Brian earned his B.M. in music education and jazz studies, his M.S. in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University, and worked as a music teacher. He uses his experience as an educator to assist school districts and employers on a wide range of legal issues. Brian particularly enjoys combining his experience as an educator and a lawyer to give presentations on legal issues facing employers and school districts. He has spoken on issues such as employee concerted activity, wage and hour law, and special education. He is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

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