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Employers should update their drug testing policies now to take full advantage of a beneficial state law taking effect Nov. 1.
“If you don’t change your policy by Nov. 1, you are contractually obligating yourself to the old law after Nov. 1,” said McAfee & Taft attorney Charles S. Plumb. “This is a good time to kind of wipe the slate clean and ask ourselves, ‘What do we need as far as drug testing?'” While employers face no deadline for changing their workplace drug testing policies, putting off this alignment prevents them from taking advantage of several improvements designed to help businesses improve workplace safety and better contain their unemployment and workers’ compensation costs, all by streamlining employee drug testing regulations.
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