Workplace Drug Testing Issues – Iowa State Laws
Use caution when drug testing in Iowa, have a written policy and follow Iowa laws carefully. Iowa Code section 730.5, is a complex statute that contains numerous application pitfalls for employers. All employment drug testing programs should be reviewed by an expert in drug testing or legal counsel.
These categories do not affect DOT-regulated drug testing. Government employers should always call for potential additional restrictions on employee drug testing.
Split specimen testing is required. Testing is allowed with the following specimens – urine, blood, hair and oral fluid.
Post-accident testing may occur only when administered by a person providing treatment, not at the request of the employer.
Employers are not required to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display, transportation, distribution, sale, or growing of marijuana in the workplace.
On 02/26/2021 Iowa passed a law making it a criminal offense with penalties for cheating or defrauding a drug or alcohol test. See House Bill 283.