Iowa Pre-Employment Drug Screening and Drug Testing
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Governing statute; Iowa Code Ann. §730.5
Applicant can be informed orally at time of application that drug test is required, and if ads and application forms carry notice of drug test.
Employer must have a written policy concerning drug testing that spells out the discipline or rehabilitation that will be required for positive test results, among other things. Also, the employer must have an employee assistance (EAP) resources, an employee awareness program, as well as training for supervisors.
Testing is authorized as part of pre-employment physical examination if the above conditions of notice are met.
The test subject must be given the opportunity to dispute or explain positive test results and to request a re-test. Confidentiality of test results, records of positive test removed from personnel file when employee terminates if treatment program was successfully completed.
If there is probable cause to suspect substance abuse and an employee holds a job in which impairment would pose a danger, then drug testing is approved.
Random testing selection must follow a computer based random generation of numbers formula based on a mathematical equation derived from social security numbers or payroll identification numbers.
Before any adverse action can be taken, all tests must be confirmed then reviewed and interpreted by a medical review officer.
Confirmation drug tests must be performed by a HHS-certified laboratory.
If a case is positive test result is confirmed, an employer must send a certified letter notifying the employee of the test result. The letter must also advise the employee of the right to request a retest, which must be made within 7 days.
The same Medical Review Officer (MRO) who reviewed the first test results must review the results of the second test.
If the results are different then the employee must be reimbursed for the test cost and the first test will be considered non-positive.
Also, if given 30 days notice, an employee receiving an annual physical may be tested,
For a first positive test result, the employee must receive a substance abuse evaluation and also an opportunity for treatment.
The employee may face discipline or discharge for subsequent positive results or the failure to complete treatment.
Time required for testing existing employees is considered compensable work time.
Costs for drug tests must be paid by the employer. Re-testing may be paid for by the employee.
Employers may not discriminate by testing only certain groups of employees by race or gender for drug testing.
Nor, may they defame an employee by publicizing an employee’s positive test results.
All records of a positive test removed from employee’s file when the employee terminates or if a treatment program was completed successfully.
ADA. An applicant who is taking medication for a disability is protected by the Americans With Disability act (ADA.)
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