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Employment & Pre-Employment Drug Tests

Improve workplace productivity and safety with a pre-employment drug screening program.

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Why Pre-Employment Drug Tests & Periodic Employment Drug Screenings Are Necessary

Pre-employment and employment drug screening for the presence of prescription and illicit drugs helps employers maintain a safer, more productive workplace and:

  • Decreases employee absenteeism and turnover
  • Reduces risk of accidents and injuries
  • Prevents drug use on the job
  • Identifies drug use early by employees
  • Lowers workers’ compensation rates

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What Is Employment Drug Screening?

The purpose of drug testing is to determine if controlled substances are present in a person’s body.
Drug screening provides evidence of recent use of specific prescription and illicit drugs, but does not measure the specific amount of drug present.

Once a sample is collected from the candidate, an initial screen is run to determine the presence (positive) or absence (negative) of a detectable drug.
Confirmation screening is a second screen, and is generally performed only if the initial screen was positive. Results are reviewed by a Medical Review Officer.
Results (positive or negative) for each drug selected are provided to the employer and candidate within 1-3 days of the test.

GoodHire offers multiple options for pre-employment and employment drug screening for companies of all sizes.

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GoodHire’s Employment Drug Testing Suite

GoodHire’s employer drug screening offerings are designed to meet your company policy and drug-free workplace obligations, while helping you maintain compliance with applicable regulations. Lab-based urine tests are available with multiple panel options. Lab results are verified by Medical Review Officers (MROs) for highest accuracy. GoodHire also offers DOT Drug Tests, which meet the strict guidelines required by the Federal Government.

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4 Panel
5 Panel
8 Panel + MQL
10 Panel *

* Quick Test is available, however it excludes Methaqualone (MQL) and tests for Methamphetamine in its place.

This is not a complete list of all drug tests. For additional drug testing capabilities, please contact Sales.


What You Need To Know To Perform
Employment Drug Testing

Employers using a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA), like GoodHire, to run background checks to assess candidates and employees must comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and various laws, agencies, and regulations that govern employment screening. When running a drug screening program, it’s also important to:

Create & Follow A Company Drug Testing Policy

Drug testing must be administered fairly and consistently. Candidates seeking employment can be tested as a condition of employment, but all incoming employees must be tested and no one may be singled out.

Check Your State’s Laws

Some states have imposed limitations on pre-employment drug testing. For example, California allows a drug test only after the applicant has received an offer of employment conditioned on passing the test. In other states, employers that drug test may be required to provide written notice or indicate in their job postings that testing is required. Check your state’s laws.

Be Proactive About Compliance

Always consult with your legal counsel if you have questions about drug tests as part of your employment screening program.

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How Employment Drug Screening Works: In 9 Easy Steps

Before you can purchase drug screening services, your organization needs to have a written drug screening policy in place. Identify any federal and state laws with which you must comply.
Before running a background check from a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA), you must inform the candidate or employee. The notification must stand alone and cannot be hidden within an employment application.
Once you order the drug test, your candidate or employee will receive an email requesting consent before the test is administered. Like the FCRA consent form, the drug screen consent form informs the candidate about the test and requests authorization.
Once consent is provided, the candidate will receive instructions for completing the drug screen at the test location of their choice.
Once a site is selected, the candidate will receive a CCF, which provides a paper trail of the seizure, custody, control, transfer, analysis, and disposition of the specimen. Candidates must bring this CCF and a government-issued photo ID with them to the test.
Candidates and employees provide a urine sample at the testing facility. To lessen the risk of false-positives, we encourage the candidate to bring any prescriptions of drugs they are currently taking.
Results are reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MRO), who is specially trained to interpret test results for the highest accuracy. In the event of a positive test result, an MRO is responsible for taking all reasonable and necessary steps to verify the medical records provided by the candidate; if applicable, notifying the pharmacy to verify the legitimacy of the prescription; and, if necessary, contacting the candidate’s treating physician.
Both the employer and candidate can review the results within 1-3 days of the test. The candidate will only be notified if there is an alert (i.e., a positive result) on the test.

If the results of a background check prompts a decision to deny employment, the FCRA requires employers to follow specific adverse action steps.

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