Quarterly Newsletter Volume: 2 Issue: 1

Drug Testing Policy

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE POLICY, THE POLICY, THE POLICY!

Drug Testing Policy

Employers regardless of company size who conduct drug testing for pre- employment or current employees must have a written drug policy which specifically describes when drug tests will be conducted, what type of test will be utilized (urine, hair, blood) and what the consequences will be should a employee test positive.

Many times employers will schedule random drug tests, even though the company policy is silent regarding performing random drug tests on existing employees, other times employers will schedule a “sweep” for all employees to be drug tested due to reasonable suspicion. Both of these scenarios if not properly authorized in the written drug testing policy can cause potential liability if any adverse action is taken against an employee. Any time an unemployment hearing, workers compensation hearing or even wrongful termination litigation arises, if the cause of the adverse action against an employee was due to the results of a drug test, it is absolutely crucial that all aspects surrounding the drug test be covered in the written drug testing policy.

In addition, all applicants for employment must be notified that the company is a drug free workplace and drug testing will be a condition when offering employment. Current employees must also be provided a copy of the drug policy and acknowledge in writing that they have received such policy.

Employers who fail to have a comprehensive written drug and alcohol policy but are conducting employee drug testing, maybe subjecting the company to potential consequences relating to the company’s business practices.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc specializes in developing drug testing policies for employers, for more information contact ADT at (800)221-4291.

MORE STATES DRUG TESTING WELFARE RECIPIENTS

Recently the State of Maine joined several other States in requiring individuals using public assistance to take a drug test. While Maine moves forward with this program other States such as Georgia and Florida have had their efforts to drug test welfare recipients restricted by the Federal Courts. Maine’s Governor Paul Lepage stated “we must ensure that our tax dollars do not enable the continuation of a drug addiction.”An interesting fact is that most welfare recipients who are drug tested have a negative drug test result.”

Stay tuned for more information regarding individual States testing welfare recipients

“WHEN YOU NEED A TEST, CHOOSE THE BEST!”

“One Stop Shopping” for all of your National Drug Testing Needs

If you are a HR/Office manager needing employee drug testing, a school, government agency or simply an individual in need of a drug or alcohol test, Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides drug testing for pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, post accident, court ordered or any other drug testing need, Call Accredited Drug Testing Today, (800)221-4291

5 PANEL VS. 10 PANEL – WHICH TO — USE?

The two common types of drug test screens are a 5 and 10 panel drug test. While the Department of Transportation (DOT) only recognizes a 5 panel urine test, many companies are now utilizing a 10 panel test because the screen detects several drugs beyond the 5 common street drugs.

5 Panel Drug Screen Includes

  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
10 Panel Drug Screen Includes

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • MDA-Analogues
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine
  • Propoxyphene

CONGRATULATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

Stephanie Calderon has been promoted to Operations Manager and has successfully passed the DATIA Specimen Collector Certification Exam.