By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times
FULTON – A drug and alcohol policy is now in effect for city employees.
According to the new policy, employees may be required to undergo testing for the presence of unlawful drugs and controlled substances. Varying circumstances will affect when and why an employee may be issued a test, including:
– All newly hired employees will be given drug tests prior to their acceptance.
– Drug tests will be given after any employee makes a compensation claim .
– Drug tests will be administered if there is any evidence that an employee is involved in the use, possession, sale, solicitation or transfer of drugs while working or while on the City of Fulton premises or operating a city vehicle, machinery or equipment.
According to the policy, employees who test positive for unlawful drugs of alcohol may be temporarily suspended or transferred to another position. The city board also has the right to “take appropriative corrective or disciplinary actions, up to and including termination.”
An employee who refuses to submit to drug and alcohol testing can also be terminated from his or her position.