CHAPTER 7

Drug Testing

INFORMATION ON DRUG TESTING IN THE WORKPLACE

Workers who are impaired by illegal drugs can threaten the safety and productivity of a business and could even cause legal problems for the business. Although employers have the legal right to insist on a drug-free workplace, enforcing that right can be a contentious issue. Any steps you take to maintain a drug-free workplace must respect the workers’ legal rights to privacy and nondiscrimination.

Many employers, especially small business owners, rely on interviews and background checks to identify drug users. Many drug users are proficient at hiding their drug habits, however, and easily breeze through interviews and background checks. That is why some firms choose to test ...

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