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Don’t punish employees for wrong drug-Test hunch

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in Employee Benefits Program,Human Resources

Q. We suspected an employee was using drugs, so we sent him to be tested. We told him he couldn't work until the test came back in two days. The results were negative. What financial responsibility do we have? Do we owe him lost wages for those two days? —L.B., North Carolina

A. Based upon these facts, it appears that this employee effectively lost two days of pay, even though he did nothing wrong. That's not only unfair from an employee relations point of view, it may—depending upon state law—be illegal. The right thing to do in this situation is to pay the employee for the two days he was benched.

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