Workplace drug testing ‘the new don’t ask, don’t tell’  

    One of the largest U.S. drug-testing laboratories has analyzed its millions of urine drug test results by industry for the first time, and found the two industries with the highest rate of positive test results for marijuana were also two that have to deal with consumers.

    As The Washington Post reports, some 5.3% of tests given to retail trade workers, and 4.7% of those given to health care and social assistance workers came back positive, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics.

    The analysis, which comes from examining more than 10 million test results that are part of the lab company’s Drug Testing Index, found that five of 16 industries saw double-digit increases in the rate of positive test results between 2015 and 2017.

    As perceptions shift and legal use of marijuana becomes more common, labor and employment lawyer James Reidy of New Hampshire-based Sheehan Phinney says “it’s really become the new ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” with many employers preferring not to know about an employee’s use, especially in a tight labor market. Read the full story.

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