Trends in Employee Drug Testing

California Lawyer

In this MCLE self-credit article authored by Littler's Nancy Delogu, the laws on drug testing for employers, especially those in California, are examined. Delogu notes that "California law controlling drug testing is more certain and predictable than it has ever been. And while the legal community was debating the issue, many California employers quietly implemented substance-abuse prevention programs that include a range of drug and alcohol testing provisions." Delogu discusses applicable law and privacy protections as well as speedbumbs associated with pre-hire and random testing.