Employers need to be very aware of the integrity of their employees and new hires as well as the safety of the work place.  Many employers utilize drug testing to make sure they have an effective, reliable, safety conscious staff. Recently, a customer asked us if they could utilize over-the-counter drug testing to test their employees or job applicants for drug use.

The answer is yes, but there could be some unwanted consequences. Verifying with our professional partners at SESCO, we confirmed that in order to take adverse action against a new hire or an employee based on test results, the process requires a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to validate the test results.  All reputable labs and occupational health groups have MRO’s on staff.  So unless your company has an MRO on staff, while you are free to utilize  OTC testing, any actions you take as a result of those non-reviewed tests will not hold up should the individual challenge them through the Dept. of Labor or the court system. Thus the employer could be held liable.


About Time & Pay:

Time & Pay is a professional payroll service provider located in Johnson City, TN. We service businesses of all sizes and types throughout the United States. Founded in 1992, Time & Pay provides businesses with complete payroll services , guaranteed payroll tax compliance, automated time and attendance systems and services, pay-as-you-go worker’s comphuman resource management systems and services, and more. We provide our customers with the cost effective tools you need to better manage your payroll, your employees and your business. Time & Pay’s services guarantee you will save money, time and aggravation and we back them up with the customer service you expect and deserve. Contact us today to learn why business owners throughout the country are saying:

“Time & Pay! Why would you do payroll and timekeeping any other way?”

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