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One thing which would greatly improve morale is if you can get the CEO to agree to be part of the random testing. It will allow you to communicate this as, "the CEO thinks this is important enough to even be involved themselves." This will depend 100% on your relationship with the CEO. You could mention this to the CEO like, "Hey, we're pretty concerned ...


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Targeting for the week after spring break is kind of like entrapment. Is the intent to start drug testing immediately? Yes that would cause resentment. You could have recreational users that would have chosen not to use drugs during spring break if they were aware they were subject to random drug testing. Make an announcement that random drug testing ...


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Make sure you're doing the testing in compliance with all laws. I don't know about Brazil but here, drug testing is covered by state and federal laws so you'll want to make sure you're following the process. I think your idea of calling them to a place and announcing it at the same time is a good one. As for "unrest" I don't see how it can be avoided. The ...


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What happens if you take a prescribed drug and it shows up on a drug test? That depends on the goals of the test and of the specific prescribed drug in question. In some cases you will "fail" the test. In other cases, it won't matter. Should you tell the person giving the drug test about the prescribed medications? Yes. Before taking the test, you ...


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The best way to reduce the amount of unrest is to give people plenty of notice that the tests are going to become policy. Give the employees 6 weeks notice and let them make the decision to either go clean or to find new employment. If you start testing immediately, people will be stressed that tomorrow may be their last day if they are chosen at random for ...


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You cannot retake a drug test, you can dispute the results, but in that case they retest the original sample rather than take a new one. There is no other logical way to do it, otherwise there is no point requiring a test, anyone can clean up for a test. They're not looking for employees who crammed just for the exam, they're looking for non drug users. ...


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Converting my comment to an answer, since it seems to be quite popular ... I think that breaking this news without trouble is next to impossible. I wouldn't be surprised if a bunch of people quit. If I were faced with this policy, I would quit immediately. Here are my objections to the policy: (1) This smells like way too much "Big Brother" for my tastes. ...


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All the above answers, although very good, lack the knowledge of how law in Brazil works. Brazil have the craziest working laws, as an example here (portuguese content, sorry): https://economia.uol.com.br/empregos-e-carreiras/album/2011-casos-inusitados-na-justica-do-trabalho_album.htm#fotoNav=13 This guy worked selling beer, and was fired after his ...


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As GGMG said, most drug tests are taken in private. If a urine test is not possible, there is always a hair follicle test, or a blood test.


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since my company does take on federal contracts Until marijuana is rescheduled / decriminalized / in some other way legalized by the federal government, you are risking your job. End of story. Is this a bad idea? Yes, because the company accepts federal contracts. Do not discuss it with your boss. The fact that you have a good relationship with your ...


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Let's assume you are right and that you will pass a urine test but not a hair test. Now consider all four possible options: 1. They have a hair test and you don't ask Result: You fail the test and don't get the job 2. They have a hair test and you do ask Result: You fail the test and don't get the job 3. They don't have a hair test and you don't ask ...


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As a probation officer by trade, our department dealt with a handful of offenders with shy bladder (and, yes, it is a very real condition). We offered those select few a "lollipop" test. It's an oral swab that you suck on for about fifteen minutes. That's it! These tests are highly reliable and are similar to buccal swabs. I would suggest: Google "drug test"...


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Since Richard nicely covered that this likely won't be an issue, this answer will just assume it may be. https://www.drugs.com/article/drug-testing.html states that: Certain laboratory procedures may require direct visual observation while the specimen is being voided. To your question: How can I handle this if I'm required to take a drug test? ...


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Do not ask what type of drug test will be used, provide the recruiter the same information you just provided us. Hey Janice, When you asked about a drug test I automatically responded that I would pass it because I do not do any illegal drugs. However, I had forgotten about my trip to The Shire that I took from Jan 1 to Jan 10. In The Shire marijuana is ...


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As an employer, why would you tell them? I don't want someone to stop for a few weeks to pass a test. As a future employee I like this too. I know I have less of a chance working with a habitual drug user and I know that people making hiring decisions have common sense about something.


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Ethics aside (becuase random drug testing is highly inaccurate and often prejudicial), this is going to be a tough sell. The idea of the parking lot is less than ideal. This is a large, open space. Employees will likely be on edge as a result. Email is usually the best approach for this, provided all employees have access. Please be aware, following ...


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The best way to have this done is for the policy to be effective for the whole company an in compliance to all applicable laws. ( Glad to see that it is ) For the least amount of impact on morale, the tests need to be truly random. If this policy is only for a particular department, morale will be an issue. To answer your main question: In terms of ...


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Breaking this policy is going to require some planning. If you have never had a drug or alcohol use policy then you should allow for at least 30 to 60 days before being enacted to address concerns and allow for employee's to "prepare" for the testing. If there is a reason that it must be enacted sooner then disclose that to your employees. For instance if ...


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First, I would ask your doctor how this normally works and if they have experience with other patients and drug tests. You will probably not be the only person who has had this question for them. I would also keep copies of the official paperwork from your doctor regarding the prescription at your desk, so in the event you have to take the drug test you can ...


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Ask your manager whether they'll accept the prescription before you start taking the drug. For some drugs your prescription may protect you from arrest but not from termination. In the US, medical marijuana specifically is in a legal grey area as it's still illegal at a federal level. Other drugs that do not suffer that complication may be covered under the "...


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It probably means they're using a cheap quick test with a relatively high rate of false positives for various reasons. The chemistry is complex, and similar chemicals could be responsible. Rather than straight out call it a positive, they will ask for a second test. This is more expensive and lots more sensitive and reliable. Overall the company saves money ...


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Leave it to the professionals (and minimize the risk of lawsuits). I can't imagine that your company will be performing the test themselves but will instead be outsourcing it to a company specialized in such testing. Such a company will have the expertise and experience to tell you when to test and to select those to be tested for you, as well as performing ...


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Has anyone has ever done a background check where they didn't mention you needed a drug test then suddenly did? Not in my experience. Some employers require a background check, some require a drug screen, and some require both. Employers generally tell you up front, immediately, everything that's required of as part of their process. Could they still ask ...


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I'd thoroughly read your employee handbook. It should indicate if it is a "drug-free" company and the different types of drug tests administered (random, company-wide, injury, etc.) and what the repercussions are if you fail a test. Your coworkers are your best resource. It really should come up in conversation and you can ask them. My brother works at a ...


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Ask your doctor. They may be able to change the words on the prescription. They should have an idea about what the testing will show and not-show. You will be required to bring the bottle, so make sure you get a bottle with the updated label to reflect the change in prescription if it is changed. While you are asking your doctor also ask what will happen ...


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The first question that needs addressing is whether you are just looking to avoid getting fired over this incident or whether you genuinely feel that you have a drinking problem. If it's the former then don't go down that path, doing so would just be a dishonest attempt to weasel out of your current situation which is not only unethical (and disrespectful ...


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Standard protocol for drug-testing in the US is to ask the testee for a list of all prescription and OTC drugs he is currently taking. If something comes back positive, and it is on the list you gave them, they may ask you about it. At that point, you show them the prescription bottle. If you DIDN'T tell them about the drug(s) before the test, you're ...


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