HR Quick Takes: Accommodations for Drug Testing

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Q: We have an Iowa Code 730.5 compliant drug testing program. However, we have an applicant who, due to a health condition, cannot provide a urine sample for drug testing. Can we just disqualify him?  

A: No. While urine testing is a primary testing method under the statute, you are required to make reasonable accommodations in testing procedures. This is required nationally under the ADA/ADAAA. Accommodation could include alternate testing methods such as saliva (depending on what statute you are testing under) or an alternate method of medical clearance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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