EEOC Announces New Guidance on Opioid Use and Addiction (EEOC Press Release 8/5/2020)

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“Use of Codeine, Oxycodone, and Other Opioids: Information for Employees,” while making clear that current illegal drug use is not a covered disability, clarifies that individuals who are lawfully using opioid medication, are in treatment for opioid addiction and are receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), or have recovered from their addiction, are protected from disability discrimination. In addition, the document answers questions about reasonable accommodations that may be available to employees who currently legally use opioids, as well as what to do if an employer has concerns about the employee’s ability to safely perform his or her job.

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