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Rhode Island - 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 Rhode Island

Instant or POCT Testing

Permitted

Confirmation testing, a "federally certified laboratory" is required.

Drug Panels

No restrictions

Laboratory

Restricted

For confirmation testing, a "federally certified laboratory" is required.

Medical Review Officer

Not required

Highly recommended

Random Testing

Restricted

Safety-Sensitive Employees Only and Only in Certain Industries.

Post-Accident

Restricted

Only when there is reasonable suspicion of employee substance abuse or alcohol use.

Reasonable Suspicion

Permitted

Reasonable grounds to believe an employee may be impaired "based on specific aspects of the employee's job performance and specific contemporaneous documented observations."

Oral Fluids

Permitted

Hair Testing

Permitted

Unemployment Denial

Yes

Discharge for misconduct.

Workers Comp Discount

No

Intoxication Defense

Yes

No compensation for injuries occasioned by willful intent or intoxication.

Medical Marijuana

Yes

Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 H; 33-1 S). Nothing in statute requires employer to accommodate use of marijuana in the workplace.

Recreational Marijuana

No

Report Driver DOT Positives

No

General Statute

CHAPTER 28-6.5
Urine and Blood Tests as a Condition of Employment