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A RECENT Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission ruling has shown that employers need to have fair workplace policies and to make sure the procedures under those policies are adhered to.

The commission found that an employee was unfairly dismissed after she was terminated for refusing to undergo a urine test that was required under her employer’s drug and alcohol policy. The employer’s policy required employees who had refused to take a urine test to be treated as if they had returned a positive test and be given a warning and to undergo counselling.

Phillips Fox solicitor Katherine Eyres said the commission found the employer had treated the employee even more severely than an employee who had returned a second positive test result.

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