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How to Conduct a Drug Test

Author: David B. Weisenfeld, XpertHR Legal Editor

Drug and alcohol abuse by employees can create a host of headaches for employers including safety risks, poor performance, tardiness, increased absenteeism and vicarious liability. Some employers seek to head off these potential risks through the use of preemployment drug testing. It is easier to test job applicants than employees. Still, a testing program must adhere to certain standards. This step-by-step guide walks employers through what they need to know about conducting a drug test without running afoul of discrimination laws.