Last Update: 2/06
STATE OF IOWA
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
Executive Branch Employees
All executive branch employees (herein “employees”) are required to read this revised Substance Abuse Policy, and will be expected to sign an Acknowledgement indicating that the Policy was read and fully understood by the employee. This revised Policy shall become effective on December 13, 1999.
Employees who conduct state business under the influence of alcohol or an unauthorized controlled substance (herein “controlled substance”) present a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of their own persons, their fellow employees, and the public at large. The State of Iowa is committed to ensuring that its employees remain free from the effects of alcohol or controlled substances while conducting state business. Therefore, employees are prohibited from:
1. possessing, consuming, purchasing/selling, or manufacturing alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, while they are conducting state business or are on state property;
2. reporting to work for the State of Iowa under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance;
3. the unauthorized use or abuse of a prescription medication while they are conducting state business or are on state property; and/or
4. driving a state vehicle or a personal vehicle when the employee is engaged in state business, within an eight (8) hour period after consuming an alcoholic beverage, using a controlled substance, or engaging in the unauthorized use/abuse of a prescription medicine.
Absent mitigating circumstances, an employee’s involvement in one or more of the prohibited acts listed above may result in summary discharge. “Summary discharge” shall mean a discharge from employment with the State of Iowa after the state substantiates the alleged offense through a fair and thorough investigation. It is unnecessary for the State of Iowa to implement other forms of discipline (e.g. verbal warnings, reprimands, or suspensions) before issuing a summary discharge.
OTHER ACTIVITIES INVOLVING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND WARRANTING
REPRIMAND, SUSPENSION, OR TERMINATION
Absent mitigating circumstances, any of the following shall result in a reprimand, suspension, or a summary discharge:
1) The suspension or revocation of an employee’s driver’s license, chauffeur’s license, or commercial driver’s license, if an employee’s job duties require the employee to possess the license, and the loss of his/her driving privileges results in the employee’s failure to meet the minimum qualifications for his/her job.
2) The employee engages in off-duty misconduct that either: (1) impairs the employee’s ability to perform his/her job function; (2) substantially effects the public’s perception of the employee’s ability to perform his/her job function; or (3) causes substantial damage to the reputation of the employer. The employee may be subject to reprimand, suspension, or termination even if no arrest or conviction results from the off-duty misconduct.
3. The employee reports to work displaying symptoms that the employee has consumed an alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance.
4. The employee demonstrates below standard job performance or on-the-job misconduct, including, but not limited to, excessive absenteeism or tardiness.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The State of Iowa recognizes that a dependency on alcohol or a controlled substance is a treatable illness. Such dependencies can cause major health, safety, and security problems for the employee, fellow employees, and the public at large. Employees who need assistance to address these problems are encouraged to take advantage of the confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For EAP information, call 244-6090 from Des Moines or 1-800-EAP-IOWA (327-4692) from elsewhere in Iowa.