With unemployment falling and the demand for workers rising, employers have had to rethink recruiting and hiring practices to find the talent they need to grow their businesses. As a result, some employers are overhauling their drug testing practices based on the belief that overly broad testing eliminates valuable talent from the applicant pool, particularly in states where marijuana has been legalized in some form.
While Express Employment Professionals continues to drug test pursuant to all federal, state, and local laws regarding drug testing, Express franchise owners report some companies in their regions are among those rethinking their procedures, while others are not, despite the labor market pressures.
“There is no one-size-fits-all policy. In each case, the same question arises, ‘How do I deal with medical marijuana and recreational use?'” said Andrea Owens of HourGlass Testing Solutions, drug screening experts who have worked with Express franchise owners. “We have several clients that have multiple locations throughout the U.S. evaluating their drug testing policy.”
It’s easy to see why companies might be evaluating their policies. According to a recent Express survey, the majority of businesses (65%) lose job applicants because of drug test failures. See the full results of the survey below.
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