Domestically, perhaps there is no more controversial issue confronting management/employee relations in America today than that of the random testing of workers for drug and alcohol use. The moral dilemma it raises in a democratic society attempting to balance the requirements for public safety with an individual's rights to privacy is a profound one. The precise point at which a citizen's inalienable, constitutional guarantee to freedom is infringed upon by forced testing is still being litigated in the courts on a case by case basis.
In Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace: A Public Sector Overview Since Skinner and von Raab, Dr. Matthew A. Kelly, an arbitrator, and Randall M. Kelly, an attorney, provide a status report on the issue in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's two rulings on drug testing. The authors do not involve themselves with an exposition of the moral debate swirling about the topic, but simply provide the reader with a concise analysis of the decisions and their possible ramifications.