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Drug Testing in Connecticut

Filed under Hiring Workers. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Drug testing by employers in Connecticut is governed by these state rules.

An employer may not require a prospective employee to submit to a urinalysis drug test as part of its job application procedure unless:

  • The applicant is informed in writing at the time of application of the employer's intent to conduct a urinalysis drug test;
  • The test is conducted in accordance with established procedures; and
  • The applicant is given a copy of any positive urinalysis test result, but the result is not disclosed by the employer or its employees to anyone other than the applicant.

Generally, for employees, random testing is not permitted but testing may be done upon reasonable suspicion of being under the influence. There is an exception for employees in safety-sensitive positions and those participating in an employee assistance program.

An employee who left employment and is currently being rehired by the same employer within 12 months of termination is excluded from the category of prospective employees. These persons are considered employees for purposes of the state's drug testing law.

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