Skip to main content

WEBINAR: Drugs and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

  • Date:
  • Starts:
  • Ends:
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Category:


  • Region: Nationwide
  • Venue:

This webinar provides an overview of the complex area of testing for drugs and alcohol in the workplace

If you are a member of HRNZ, please log in through the HRNZ website to access your member discount.

All pricing includes GST.

Standard Fee:

  • HRNZ Member = $51.75
  • Non-member = $74.75

This webinar will provide an overview of the highly complex area of testing for drugs and alcohol in the workplace, with reference to relevant and recent cases. The presenters will cover who can be tested, in what circumstances, how testing can take place, and potential consequences for positive results. The presenters will also recommend how to cover these issues in employment agreements and policies, and provide guidance on balancing competing interests including health and safety obligations, rights to privacy, and human rights considerations.

Participants will gain an overview of drug and alcohol testing, with greater understanding of the complexities of testing employees for drug and alcohol use, a practical "how to" guide for when and how employees can be tested and how to manage a positive result, and tips for covering issues in workplace policies and employment agreements.

Facilitated by Guido Ballara and Frances Lear - McBride Davenport James

McBride Davenport James is a specialist law firm based in Courtenay Place, Wellington. The firm has a diverse range of clients (public and private sector, large and small businesses, unions and individuals) throughout New Zealand. Our employment team is recognised as a leader in its field, providing employment law advice on all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring (and being hired) through to ending the relationship - and all of the issues in between.

Guido Ballara is a partner at McBride Davenport James. Guido has specialised in employment law since his admission in 2003, and acts for corporate and individual clients across all areas of the subject. Guido has also worked as an in-house HR/legal advisor at a state sector client.

Frances Lear is a senior associate at McBride Davenport James with 15 years' experience in employment law. She has acted for corporate clients and individual employees, having worked in private practice for a boutique employment law firm and a national commercial law firm, and been in-house counsel for two public sector organisations.

All personal development events are subject to HRNZ Terms and Conditions.

Registrations close 10:00am the day of the webinar.