Pre-Employment Drug Screening in North Carolina
Employment drug screening and testing is covered by N.C. Gen. Stat. §95-230 et seq.
We provide convenient pre-employment drug screening and drug testing primarily through Quest Diagnostics with thousands of offices located nationwide.
Please also note that all employment background check, drug screening, driving record and state release authorization forms are available in a PDF format file to our Automated Employment Screening Clients.
All of these FCRA compliant release documents may be e-mailed to the applicants and easily completed online.
In North Carolina, employers may require drug testing with few if any restrictions.
Employers must provide their employees as with written notice of their rights and responsibilities as enumerate in the Controlled Substances Examination Regulation Act.
Costs for drug tests must be paid by the employer.
Employee’s requests for retests are at the employee’s expense.
Re-Testing: Applicants may insist on a re-test of a positive sample result at the same or another approved laboratory.
On site drug testing results should not be used to fire an employee. Only tests performed by an approved lab may be considered.
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.
ADA. An applicant who is taking medication for a disability is protected by the Americans With Disability act (ADA.)
Drug Free workplace credit on Workers’ Compensation premiums.
A 5 percent credit on workers’ compensation insurance premium ia available for qualified and certified employer drug or alcohol abuse prevention programs in the workplace.
The employer’s program must include a compliance policy statement, notice of the policy to all employees and prospective employees, and confidentiality of all matters pertaining to the program must be maintained.