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Minnesota - STATE LAWS

Coming Soon, State Laws for Workplace Drug Testing

Regulations for workplace drug testing are very important to maintain an effective and legal drug free workplace program. It is particularly important to pay attention to individual state laws regarding employer drug testing programs. Employers need to be concerned about limiting exposure to liability in a drug testing program.

A good drug testing program will go a long way toward addressing safety, OSHA compliance, ADA Compliance, performance and workers’ comp issues; having the right company policies, education programs and insurance coverage will go the extra step to protect you against potential lawsuits and financial liability. Many states have different laws regarding drug testing, check back to view the guidelines for drug testing in your state.

Workplace Drug Testing Laws in Minnesota

Instant or POCT Testing

Not permitted

Quest Diagnostics does not perform instant testing at their drug testing centers in Minnesota. LabCorp drug testing centers in Minnesota do perform instant testing. Instant testing is prohibited for all employee drug testing.

Drug Panels

No restrictions


Certified laboratory required

Alere, Quest and LabCorp are certified.

Medical Review Officer

Not required

Recommended to avoid exposure to liability.

Random Testing


Safety sensitive employees only



Minnesota employers should only conduct post accident drug testing only when they believe the individual caused or contributed to the accident.

Reasonable Suspicion


Oral Fluids


Hair Testing


Unemployment Denial


Benefits are denied if the employee is terminated for intoxication at work including a positive drug test.

Workers Comp Discount


Intoxication Defense


No compensation if the intoxication of the employee is the proximate cause of the injury.

Medical Marijuana


To qualify for the program, the individual must suffer from cancer or a terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year. Nothing in the law requires an employer to accommodate the use of marijuana in the workplace.

Recreational Marijuana


Report Driver DOT Positives


General Statute

181.951 AUTHORIZED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING - Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Act