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The Case for Maintaining a Drug Testing Policy

by Steve Beller on March 16, 2017

Employers conduct drug testing for a number of reasons – pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, and return-to-duty. Of these, reasonable suspicion can often be the most litigious and, as such, points out the importance of creating and maintaining a comprehensive workplace drug testing policy and program. The case of Layne v. Kanawha County Board of Education is a great example of an effective policy in action.

The case was presented in a recent article in the National Law Review. In it, “the petitioner, Layne, was a middle school sign language interpreter who was observed behaving erratically by five employees.”  Her actions were reported to the school principle who subsequently met with Layne. During their conversation, the principle observed suspicious behaviors. Among other things, she had trouble sitting still, was rambling, and seemed overly fixated on items in her bag. The principal documented his observations and requested that she submit to a drug test. The article goes on to state that “when the interpreter refused, the consequences (i.e., disciplinary action) were explained and after refusing further, the school suspended the interpreter.” She continued to refuse to take a drug test and the school opted to not renew her contract, effectively terminating her employment.

Layne fought the termination and sued the Board of Education. She lost her case and subsequently appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court of Appeals found no error in the initial ruling and affirmed the lower court’s decision.

This case demonstrates the importance of creating a detailed, comprehensive workplace drug and alcohol testing policy. Best practices for such a policy include:

  • Have a written policy that clearly spells out the types of testing that will be conducted and the consequences for refusing to test
  • Actively communicate your substance abuse policy to employees
  • Provide supervisor training on the warning signs of drug abuse
  • Make certain that your testing program complies with state laws

Learn more about creating effective workplace testing programs by downloading our Guide to Establishing a Workplace Drug Testing Program. For information on drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Drug Testing Needs Assessment

by Nicole Jupe on March 14, 2016

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Employers are tasked with making important decisions about how best to keep their workplaces safe, productive and drug-free. An important component of creating and maintaining a drug-free workplace is having an effective drug testing program. And, while urine drug testing has been the standard for decades, there are now many other drug testing options available, including hair, oral fluid and instant testing.

Choosing the best drug testing solution for your company is an important decision, and a number of criteria including your goals, geography, industry and the jobs being performed by your employees should factor into your selection. Our Drug Testing Needs Assessment consists of 10 simple questions designed to help you sort through your options. Take a few minutes and leverage this powerful tool which will help you determine the drug testing solution that will best meet your needs.

Take the Drug Testing Needs Assessment

For more information about drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Guide for Drug Testing Laws

September 21, 2015 Drug Testing

One of the most critical elements of your organization’s drug testing program is a comprehensive, well-written policy that is both easy for employees to understand and compliant with state and federal laws. State laws for drug testing vary across the country, while many states permit all types of drug testing, some states have unique requirements […]

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Rely on Express Results™ Online

September 9, 2015 Instant testing

Express Results Online helps employers to easily manage the drug testing process electronically with remarkable speed. When turnaround time is of the essence, this solution has a number of benefits. Fast, accurate results Negative, urine drug screen results are delivered electronically the instant they become available – typically within minutes of the collection. This fast turnaround time […]

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Express Results Online™ Collection Quality

August 19, 2015 Instant testing

Are you looking for an accurate result from an instant urine drug test? Do you want nearby, convenient collection sites to help streamline the donor experience? Would you like the added peace of mind that comes from confirmation testing that comes from an accredited laboratory? Express Results Online collections render reliable, accurate results within minutes. […]

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Instant Drug Testing Webinar Recap

May 8, 2015 Instant testing

Two experts from Quest Diagnostics presented a webinar about the advantages and limitations of instant drug testing solutions. Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology, and Matt Resch, Product Manager, discussed scientific data, national trends in drug use, legal considerations and best practices to help you make more informed decisions regarding your workplace drug testing program. […]

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Find an Express Results™ Online Collection Site

May 1, 2015 Instant testing

Earlier this year, we introduced Express Results Online, a new instant, urine drug testing solution designed to deliver fast, dependable results. This rapid drug test screens for up to 11 different drugs and drug combinations with the ability to complete the entire process online. Negative results are available within minutes from the time of collection, […]

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Experts Present Instant Drug Testing Webinar

April 8, 2015 Instant testing

A better understanding of your drug screening options can help your organization employ and maintain a drug-free workforce. Two such options, instant and lab-based drug testing, have the features and flexibility you may need to have a successful program. As you evaluate these options, it’s important to understand all of the criteria that will enable […]

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Introducing Express Results™ Online

February 23, 2015 News

Do you need to quickly determine if a job candidate is drug-free? Do you want a test panel that screens for a variety of commonly-used drugs? Would you prefer to let a trained collector administer the drug test? Quest Diagnostics now offers Express Results Online, an instant, urine drug testing solution designed to deliver fast, dependable results – […]

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Ask the Experts: Understanding Lab-based and Instant Drug Testing

June 13, 2014 Instant testing

Question: How do I know whether to select a lab-based or an instant/rapid test? Test types for workplace drug screening can be urine, hair and oral fluid as well as lab-based and instant or rapid tests. For some employers, the quick turnaround time of their drug test result is a critical factor. For others, the […]

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