Thursday, October 25, 2012

What about past addiction problems?

A registered nurse said she had problems years ago with addiction and now, with background checks, this is coming back to haunt her in getting a job.

Ninety percent of employers do BG checks.

The Americans with Disabilities Act precludes discrimination if the person has stopped using drugs.

But if a position is “safety-sensitive,” with a potential for harm to others—such as taking some drugs and watering the remainder, or operating heavy machinery-- this can allow the employer to say no.

This is determined case by case.

So, know what you are looking at—put your best case forward.

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