Published Date: 06/09/2014
By George Ports
North Carolina law (N.C.G.S. 14-357.1) makes it unlawful for any employer with 25 or more employees to require applicants for employment to pay for the cost of medical examinations (including drug tests) or the cost associated with providing any records required by the employer as a condition of employment. Examples of records and/or actions resulting in obtaining records include college transcripts, background checks including criminal records, DMV checks, employment and credit history.
Current interpretations by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) however, hold that employers can require an applicant to pay the costs associated with medical examinations and/or drug tests if such are required by law.
For further information about this North Carolina law, go to http://j.mp/MP-L.