Employer drug testing more prevalent than ever — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
In 1983 only six firms out of the Fortune 200 were testing their workers for drugs. By 1991, 196 of these companies were doing it. A study by the American Management Association found that about 60 percent of the firms that administer pre-employment drug tests also surprise current employees with random checks. While smaller employers are less likely to conduct drug testing, the trend is growing. Many employers who have used mandatory pre-employment testing argue that it weeds out serious drug users, because they can’t keep clean (even for the brief period necessary to wait for drug residues to pass through their bodies).