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Drug testing by employers in Rhode Island is governed by these state rules.
Different rules relating to drug testing apply for applicants and employees.
An employer may require a job applicant to submit to blood or urine testing if:
An employer in Rhode Island may not, either orally or in writing, request, require or subject an employee to submit a sample of the employee's urine, blood or other bodily fluid or tissue for testing as a condition of continued employment.
An employer may, however, require a specific employee to submit to such testing if the following requirements are met:
Nothing in this law prohibits drug testing that is required by federal law, so long as the testing procedure complies with all state law provisions that are not clearly inconsistent with the applicable federal law.