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When is Your Suspicion Reasonable?

Addressing Issues of Impaired Employees

This presentation takes the uncertainty out of how to apply the reasonable suspicion standard when a manager believes an employee may be impaired by alcohol or drugs.  Topics covered will include; the importance of policies on substance abuse and impairment, and how they promote safety; clear explanation on applying the reasonable suspicion standard; appropriate employer actions to deal with an impaired employee; understand the roles of managers and the EAP in addressing substance abuse issues. 

Tim Heerts, MA, LPC, LMFT, CEAP, SAP

EAP Consultant and Trainer - Avera EAP

Tim Heerts has a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Central College of Iowa, and earned his Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He has been in the counseling field for 30 years, with over 20 years specializing in the EAP field. He has worked extensively counseling individuals in the areas of mental health and family therapy. He is a DOT-Qualified Substance Abuse Professional
He has many years experience in consulting and coaching supervisors and business leaders in dealing with difficult issues that affect the workplace. He has created and delivered many employee trainings on stress management, substance abuse awareness, communication, work-life balance and a variety of mental health topics.
He has also developed and delivered supervisor trainings on important topics, such as dealing with underperforming employees, leadership, communication, time management and preventing harassment. He has a keen interest in helping workplaces resolve conflict and create better morale and productivity.

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