According to the most recent CAI NC Policies & Benefits Survey, 72.9% of respondents conduct drug testing. We get many questions in the association office about the particular details companies must follow as well as policy considerations when utilizing drug tests in the workplace. Join me on Wednesday April 8, 2015 from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. for a webcast to further review the requirements under the NC Controlled Substances Examination Regulation Act and a brief discussion of policy issues.
In addition to promoting a safer, more productive workplace, drug testing can help to decrease employee turnover and absenteeism, reduce employer risk, and lower workers' compensation incidence rates, according to Drug Testing Efficacy 2011, a recent poll conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). The poll, one of the most comprehensive and current surveys regarding drug testing available today, questioned employers ranging from 500 to 2,500 employees, most of which were publicly owned, for-profit organizations.
While there are many benefits from conducting drug tests, there are a number of factors to consider when conducting them, including federal law, state laws, and of course your company policy.
Some safety-sensitive positions are covered by federal laws requiring drug testing, such as DOT (commercial truck drivers), FAA (pilots), etc.
The Drug Free Workplace Act applies to some federal contractors and grantees and requires a Drug Free Workplace policy. For more information see http://www.dol.gov/elaws/asp/drugfree/howto.htm
Always review the drug testing laws in the states where you have locations/employees. The CCH Library (the Members Only resource on our website) provides state law summaries on drug testing.
North Carolina does not require drug testing. However, if an employer chooses to conduct drug testing, there are procedural requirements outlined in the NC Controlled Substance Examination Regulation Act. http://www.nclabor.com/wh/Controlled_Substance_Examination_Regulation_Act_Packet.pdf
Drug testing policy
- Who will be tested – Applicants? Employees?
- When will employees be tested? (reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random)
- What will happen if an employee admits to a drug problem?
- What method of testing will you use? (saliva, urine, hair)
- What substances will you test for?
- What will happen if an employee refuses to test or tampers with a specimen?
- Will a positive test result in termination, or an option for rehabilitation?
Join me on Wednesday April 8, 2015 from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. for a webcast to further review the requirements under the NC Controlled Substances Examination Regulation Act and a brief discussion of policy issues. You can self-register for the webcast at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1705789301750349314.