Asked in Employment Law for California

Q: I was recently hired by a company based in California for remote work. Will I be drug tested on my first day?

I have read california law requires that drug test policies be in writing or on the application. I start tomorrow but haven't heard anything about if or when a pre-employment test may occur. Also, are companies still doing drug testing at labs during the pandemic?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Drug testing is still being done at labs in most cases. Whether you will be drug tested on the first day or not will depend on the employer. Only some companies are required to blood test at the outset of employment. If you are in one of those companies, you should be notified ahead of time, unless you are part of the company's random drug testing program, which also should be disclosed to you as an employee.

Good luck to you.

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