Are employers required to tell you about a drug test?
Employers can make you take tests for illegal drugs or alcohol. They must have a written drug and alcohol testing policy. Generally, employers can require a drug test as part of a physical exam, but not more than once a year. At most jobs, the employer has to give you 2 weeks written notice that you will be tested.
Will a job let you know if you fail a drug test?
The employee, in most cases, will know about the positive drug test results before the employer finds out. The Medical Review Officer will get the lab results and will call the employee asking if there is a medical explanation or prescription they would like to reveal.
Is it better to refuse a drug test or fail?
The US Department of Transportation recommends that you always “comply, then complain.” Even if you don’t agree with the test, it is in your best interest to take it. A refusal to take the drug and/or alcohol test is treated the same as a positive result, so it is not recommended that you refuse testing.
What happens if you test positive for a pre employment drug test?
Following a positive result: If you test positive for drugs or alcohol, an MRO will contact you for additional questioning, such as if you take any prescription or herbal medications that could have impacted the test results. If you do, you may be asked to show proof of a valid prescription.
Do failed drug tests go on record?
In many cases where the drug is illegal, or there is no medical reason for using it, employment may be terminated. In addition, failing a DOT drug and alcohol test remains on your record for three years.
What happens if I fail a pre employment drug test?
Generally speaking, if you fail a pre-employment drug test, the company may legally refuse to hire you. And, if you fail a drug test while employed, your employer may legally terminate your employment or prevent you from being promoted.
What is a good excuse for failing a drug test?
Here are a few creative excuses relayed to us:
- “I was at a party over the weekend – can I retest later?”
- “I didn’t know the brownies I ate were laced with pot!”
- “I took some elephant tranquilizers. …
- “It must have been the tea that my wife gave me last night.”
- “My dentist gave me cocaine for my sore tooth.”
Can you fight a positive drug test?
The best way to contest false-positive results is to reach out to your pharmacist and ask if prescription drugs and OTC medications you take on a regular basis can cause a positive drug test result. Ask if the pharmacist can provide written documentation to this effect and bring a copy to the test site.
Can you say no to a random drug test?
You can always refuse a drug test. However, as an applicant you may not be hired as a result of not taking the drug test. As an employee, if you are fired because of your refusal to take the test, you may have little recourse.
Will I fail a drug test if I drank the night before?
Since alcohol can stay in your body anywhere from several hours to a few days, the best way to guarantee you’ll pass a drug test is to not use alcohol for about 2 or 3 days before taking a test.
Do you get drug tested before or after you get hired?
Most companies require potential employees to undergo a drug test before finalizing the job offer. This is the policy for well-established and reputable companies, and it is an expected part of the application process for any position.
How long does urine drug test results?
Drug test results typically take 24 to 48 hours, depending on the type of test being performed (e.g., urine, hair or DOT).