When Newark police department representatives went to an unidentified officer’s home while he was on sick leave to collect a urine sample for drug testing, it upset the police union.
The union filed a grievance claiming the department unilaterally changed the policy that said urine samples could be collected only in the workplace or at a doctor’s office.
A hearing officer ruled the city violated state law when it changed the terms of the drug testing regimen without negotiating it as part of the collective-bargaining agreement.
Until a new agreement can be negotiated, all drug tests must be conducted under the old arrangement.
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