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When Do Employers Drug Test?

When and How Employers Test for Drug and Alcohol Use


When Do Employers Drug Test?

Job applicants may be screened for drug and alcohol as part of the hiring process.

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When do employers drug test? Employers may drug test as part of the employment hiring process and also may test employees for drugs and alcohol use under certain circumstances.

Where permitted by state law, job applicants may be drug screened as part of the employment hiring process. If a company tests for drug use, it is typical part of the pre-employment screening process and would required after the employer has offered the prospective employee a job. A failed drug test could be result in the job offer being withdrawn.

Employee Drug Testing

Employees may be drug and/or alcohol tested prior to accepting a promotion, when an on-the-job accident occurs, and at any time when employed by the company for drug and/or alcohol use as a continuing condition of employment. If an employee does not pass the drug screening they could be subject to disciplinary action and/or terminated from employment.

Types of Employer Drug Testing

  • Pre-Employment Drug Testing. All applicants who are offered a job with the company will be tested for drugs as part of the post job offer employment screening process.
  • Random Drug Testing. Employees may be selected at random for drug testing at any time.
  • For Cause Drug Tests. Employees may be required to submit to a drug test if the company believes an employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the job, if unexcused absence from work or lateness is an issue, or if performance appears to be impacted by drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Post Accident Drug Test. Any employee involved in an on-the-job accident or injury may be tested for drug or alcohol use.

Types of Drug Tests

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