In today’s world, it’s difficult to keep any information private. There are simply too many ways for your information to become public. While some people prefer to maintain their privacy, others have no choice but to share certain details about their lives with the world. A drug test is a way for an employer or potential employer to check if you have recently used drugs or are currently under the influence of drugs. Most employers require applicants and employees to take a drug test as a condition of hiring or continuing employment. You may be asked to take a drug test if you are applying for a job that requires you to drive as part of your duties, such as A truck driver position. This article will explain the importance of drug testing in the workplace and explore what you need to know about getting tested in your current job hunt.
Do You Get Drug Tested For A Physical?
It all depends on the employer, but most likely yes. Most employers require drug testing for new hires and employees in safety-sensitive positions (including but not limited to certain occupations in transport, construction, and the manufacturing industry).
When Can You Be Drug Tested?
- The U.S. government requires employers to screen their employees for drugs and alcohol if they are involved in any type of job that requires the use of a motor vehicle, such as truck driving or a police officer. If you are a truck driver, you may be asked to take a drug test before getting hired by your employer. In some cases, employers may ask you to take a drug test if they suspect that you have been using drugs while on the job. For example, if you are an employee at a construction company and your supervisor believes that you may have been drinking while working on-site and then driving to work the next day, he or she might request that you take a drug test as part of your employment screening process. Likewise, if an employer thinks that one of his or her employees may be using illegal drugs in the workplace and is concerned about safety issues or productivity levels, he or she might require him or her to pass a drug test before continuing employment with the company.
- The employer must follow certain procedures when requesting a drug test from an employee. You will not be asked to take a drug test unless you receive a written request from your employer. The employer must provide you with a copy of the written drug test request and the results of any drug test that you previously took. The employer must also give you a reasonable amount of time to respond to the drug test request. If you do not respond within the required amount of time, then the employer can assume that you are agreeing to take a drug test when in fact you have no intention of doing so. Once an employer has received your response, he or she will give it to an employee testing company for review, which will then confirm that the information in your response is accurate.
- If you refuse to take a drug test when requested by your employer, this can result in termination or other unfavorable employment action against you. Most states have laws that protect employees who refuse to take a drug test when required by their employers; however, there are exceptions for certain professions such as truck drivers and police officers, who may be subject to random drug testing if they have been permitted by their employers.
- You have several legal rights when it comes to taking a drug test. These include: The right to refuse to take a drug test The right to take a drug test at your own expense The right to have certain medical conditions treated in a professional medical setting if you have a medical condition that might impair your ability to work due to the effects of drugs or alcohol The right of an employer not to discriminate against you based on the results of a drug test
- Drug tests can be administered by either urine or blood. Urine testing is used more often than blood testing since it is cheaper and easier for employers and employees. A urine sample will be collected using special equipment, which will then be sent off for testing in a laboratory. For an employee to pass his or her drug screen, the sample must show that there are no traces of illegal drugs in the person’s system.
How Do You Know If You Will Be Drug Tested?
- Most employers will inform you that you are being drug tested.
- If not, then you will usually be given a copy of the employer’s drug testing policy. This document will define what is and is not acceptable behavior when it comes to drug use at work, and the employer’s expectations of employees who choose to take a drug test.
- If an employee refuses to take a drug test, then the employer can assume that he or she has no intention of taking one, and can then terminate the employee’s employment as they see fit.
- If an employee fails a drug test, it can result in termination or other unfavorable employment action against him or her such as demotion or suspension. Many employers have no choice but to fire employees who fail their drug tests for this reason; however, if this happens and the employee does not have any previous disciplinary issues with their job performance, then his or her termination may be subject to further scrutiny from his or her union representative or attorney.
- Depending on state laws, an employer may be required to pay for an employee’s legal costs associated with taking a job-related drug test (such as hiring an attorney). The cost of these legal services may also be considered when determining the employee’s final salary.
- If an employer is required to pay for legal expenses, then the cost will be deducted from the employee’s final paycheck.
- In some cases, a court order may be required for an employer to drug test an employee.
- When it comes to drug testing, there is no such thing as a “standard” test, because there is no such thing as a “standard” drug test. Each company has its policies regarding drug testing and each has different rules on what constitutes acceptable behavior. Because of this, you must take time to read your employer’s policy very carefully before you decide whether or not you will be taking a drug test.
- If you fail your first or second drug test and do not have any previous disciplinary issues with your job performance, then you may have grounds for filing suit against your employer for wrongful termination.
Drug testing is a common hiring practice and can be done at any point in the hiring process. It’s important to be prepared for a drug test to increase your chances of passing. You can remove metabolites from your system or substitute your sample to pass a drug test. It’s best to be honest with your employer if you have recently used drugs. Now that you understand what to expect when you are drug tested, you can be prepared for any situation.