Except for some safety-sensitive industries like trucking, bus drivers, coast guard, aviation, railroad, transit, and pipeline, there are few federal laws that regulate workplace drug testing. Usually, state and local laws determine whether employers can test employees and applicants for illegal drug use. Virginia has not passed any legislation requiring or prohibiting workplace drug testing. Employers are free to require employees or job applicants take a drug test.
Virginia requires workers’ compensation insurance providers to give a discount to employers who promote a drug-free workplace. Employees who work for companies that have drug-free workplace programs can expect the following no matter where they work in virginia:
- Receipt of a substance abuse policy printed on company letterhead
- Training for supervisors
- Two hours of drug abuse education
- An employee assistance program (EAP) that connects employees with addiction counselors and other resources
- Multiple types of drug testing
In Virginia, a voluntary law exists with a 5% workers’ compensation premium discount available for companies that institute and maintain a drug-free workplace program satisfying certain criteria. Companies in the mining industry are required to implement drug testing and to comply with the provisions of the mining drug-free workplace law. Mining industry employers must test for amphetamines, cannabinoids/THC, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), benzodiazepines, propoxyphene, methaqualone, methadone, barbiturates, and synthetic narcotics. A positive drug test will result in the immediate suspension of a miner’s certificate.
Employers can deny workers comp claims in Virginia when an employee tests positive for drugs or alcohol. Virginia workers compensation denies benefits to an employee whose injury is caused by intoxication or use of nonprescribed controlled substances. A positive drug test from an HHS (SAMHSA) certified laboratory or a positive alcohol test above .08 bac creates a rebuttable presumption the employee was intoxicated or using drugs at the time of injury.
It is important that employers implement a comprehensive drug-free workplace program in order to take advantage of this provision in the workers’ comp law.
Public contractors in Virginia must also implement drug-free workplace programs.
Drug testing in Virginia must follow SAMHSA guidelines using certified laboratories.
It is illegal in Virginia and a class 1 misdemeanor to attempt to cheat or cheat on a drug test.
Employees who work in safety-sensitive jobs can expect pre-employment drug tests. Depending on the company, employees not in safety-sensitive jobs might also have to undergo pre-employment drug tests. Most Virginia companies drug test employees involved in accidents or that they suspect of drug use.
Although Virginia law does not require or prohibit drug testing, employers need to be careful not to set themselves up for discrimination suits.
The Americans with disabilities act (ADA) provide protection to Virginians who take medication for a disability. Some prescribed medications may cause a positive result to occur for illegal drugs. However, those illegal drugs may be medically necessary for the job applicant or employee to take. If an employee is terminated or a job applicant is turned down because of a positive test result for a legally prescribed medication, then the company may be liable. In this case, the employee or applicant may have a legitimate disability discrimination case. To eliminate this possibility, employers must use a medical review officer (MRO) to review and verify all drug test results. This will reverse positive results due to verified legal prescribed medications.
If a company singles out a specific group of employees for drug testing, such as only women or African Americans, then the targeted employees may have a legitimate discrimination case.
Employers who have a legitimate reason to test employees or job applicants for drugs must be careful to avoid privacy violations. This means they cannot ask employees or applicants to disrobe or provide urine samples in front of other individuals.
Employers also need to avoid defamation suits. Employees and applicants may have a legitimate suit if the company makes a false positive result known publicly or acts maliciously.
Drug testing is available for the following needs: court orders, probation, legal cases, divorce, child custody, and required testing for admission to colleges and universities. All major laboratories that are used for conducting drug testing are available for immediate testing. All drug testing is confidential and secure.
Laboratory and drug testing sites in virginia are located in the following cities: Abingdon, Aldie, Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Bedford, Blacksburg, Boykins, Carrollton, Centreville, Chantilly, Charlottesville, Chase City, Chesapeake, Chester, Christiansburg, Clifton Forge, Colonial Heights, Craigsville, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dale City, Danville, Dumfries, Fairfax, Falls Church, Farmville, Fisherville, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Galax, Glen Allen, Gloucester, Grundy, Halifax, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Hayes, Herndon, Hot Springs, Kilmarnock, Lebanon, Leesburg, Lorton, Lynchburg, Manassas, Marion, Martinsville, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Mount Jackson, New Market, Newport News, Norfolk, Norton, Onancock, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Pulaski, Radford, Richlands, Richmond, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, Salem, South Boston, South Hill, Springfield, Staunton, Sterling, Stuarts Draft, Suffolk, Tappahannock, Troy, Vienna, Virginia Beach, Warrenton, Warsaw, Waynesboro, West Point, Williamsburg, Winchester, Woodbridge, Woodstock, And Wytheville.
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Testing locations in Virginia
|A Sure Solutions for Drug & Alcohol-A||1102 South Main Street, Farmville, Virginia 23901|
|ABINGDON PHYSICIAN PARTNERS-MAGNOLIA F||611 Campus Dr, Abingdon, Virginia 24210|
|Accumed Inc-Accumed Inc Richmond||9607 Gayton Road, Richmond, Virginia 23238|
|Advance Drug Testing, II-Advance Drug||175 West Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382|
|Advance Health Resources Annandale||6715 Little River Turnpike Sui, Annandale, Virginia 22003|
|AFC Urgent Care – Glen Allen-AFC Urgen||4101 Old Dominion Blvd, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060|
|AFC Urgent Care – Midlothian-AFC Urgen||12731 Stone Village Way, Midlothian, Virginia 23113|
|AFC Urgent Care Family Care-AFC Urgent||332 Elden St, Herndon, Virginia 20170|
|AHC Community Wellness||64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fisherville, Virginia 22939|
|Alcohol and Drug Testing Center||7115 Leesburg Pike #315, Falls Church, Virginia 22043|
|Alouf Aesthetics Medical Salem||1602 Apperson Drive, Salem, Virginia 24153|
|Altmed Medical Center – Front Royal -A||842 N Shenandoah Ave, Front Royal, Virginia 22630|
|Altmed Medical Center Manassas||8712 Sudley rd, Manassas, Virginia 20110|
|Ameristaff – Martinsville-Ameristaff –||730 E Church St, Martinsville, Virginia 24112|
|Ameristaff – South Boston-Ameristaff –||4130 Halifax Rd, South Boston, Virginia 24592|
|Amherst Family Practice, P.C.-AFP/ADS||1867 Amherst St, Winchester, Virginia 22601|
|Any Lab Test Now FredericKansasburg||8218 Rhode IslandVER RD, FredericKansasburg, Virginia 22407|
|Any Lab Test Now Sterling-Any Lab Test||20804 Edds Ln, Sterling, Virginia 20165|
|Any Lab Test Now-Any Lab Test Now – Dr||1135 JEFFERSON DAVirgin IslandsS HWY, FREDERhode IslandCKansasBURG, Virginia 22401|
|Appalachia Family Health Center-Appala||507 W Main St, Appalachia, Virginia 24216|
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