California – State Law Drug & Alcohol Testing Issues at a Glance

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1)      Summary
All types of testing with no restrictions. All testing procedures with no specific requirements.
2)      Workers Compensation Voluntary Premium Reduction State (if yes see below)
3)      Employers Covered by Federal Drug Free Workplace Act
4)      State Constitution Privacy Provision
5)      Penalties and Remedies for Employer Non-Compliance
6)      Significant Testing Restrictions
7)      Disability Coverage
8)      Drug and Alcohol Testing Restrictions
9)      Worker’s Compensation Disqualification Laws
10)  Unemployment Compensation Disqualification Laws
11)  Alcohol Cut-off Levels
Not Specified
12)  Substances Allowed for Testing
(1) Amphetamines; (2) Cannabinoids; (3) Cocaine; (4) Phencyclidine (PCP); (5) Opiates,
·        Substances Cut-off Levels
Not Specified
13)  Drug Specimen Types
Not specified
14)  Types of Drug Testing and Restrictions
·        Pre Employment
Allowed but not required
·        Reasonable Cause
Allowed but not required
·        Random
Allowed for safety sensitive employees
·        Post Accident
Allowed but not required
·        Follow-up Testing
Allowed but not required
15)  Restrictions on Types of Workplace Drug Tests
16)  Collection Procedures
·        Generally
·        Observed Collections
Not Specified
·        Split Specimen
Not Specified
17)  Drug Testing Falsification Law
18)  Point-of-Collection Device
·        Urine
·        Oral Fluids
19)  Safety-Sensitive Restriction
20)  Laboratory Based Testing
·        Laboratory Certifications
Not Specified
·        Oral Fluids
·        Hair Testing
Not Specified
21)  Notification of Test Results
Not Specified
22)  Rehabilitation Requirements
Employers regularly employing 25 or more employees must reasonably accommodate any employee who wishes to voluntarily to enter in a rehabilitation program
23)  Retest Required
Not Specified
24)  Wage Payment Requirements
Employer’s Responsibility
25)  Disciplinary Action Restriction
Not Specified
26)  State CDL DMV Reporting
27)  State Medical Marijuana Laws
28)  Union Agreements
29)  Unique to State Issues
30)  State Enforcement Agency
31)  Web Resources
32)  Significant Case Authority

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Tommy Eden is a management labor & employment law attorney with Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP who is licensed to practice in Alabama and Georgia. or call 334-246-2901

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