How To Properly Drug Test An Employee

Create a safe workplace for employees

The purpose of the State of Iowa’s private sector drug testing law, Iowa Code Section 730.5 and Iowa Administrative Code Section 641, is to enhance employee safety by creating drug free and substance abuse free workplaces.

Under Iowa law, workplace drug or alcohol testing is optional for private sector employers, but employers often combine drug testing with educational efforts to create a safer workplace for employees.

Several factors should be considered before an employer decides if drug and/or alcohol testing is appropriate for their company. Employers should carefully review A Guide to Workplace Drug Testing in Iowa to help aid their decision.

If employers decide to implement drug and/or alcohol testing in the workplace, they should keep the following in mind:

  • All testing must be conducted within the terms of a written policy
  • The written policy must be provided to every employee subject to testing
  • The written policy should establish a standard for alcohol concentration
  • The written policy should include uniform requirements for disciplinary or rehabilitative actions that will be taken against an employee who tests positive or refuses to provide a sample

Actions including termination, refusal to hire, suspension with or without pay, etc. can only be executed if they are so stated in an employer’s written policy.

For more information and tools to help your company make sound, legal decisions check out our latest blog posts on How To Properly Discipline An Employee.

*This information is for general informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.