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Louisiana State Laws

Workplace Drug Testing Issues – Louisiana State Laws

These categories do not effect DOT-regulated drug testing. Government employers should always call for potential additional restrictions on employee drug testing.

Louisiana has several laws related to employer drug testing: TITLE 49

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Workplace Drug Testing Laws in Louisiana

Drug Testing Issue Status Comments
Instant or POCT Testing Restrictions Confirmation of non-negative results at a SAMHSA or CAP lab and use FDA cleared instant testing device.
Drug Panels No restrictions SAMHSA five panel is recommended.
Laboratory Requirements Lab must be SAMHSA or CAP certified.
Medical Review Officer Required Required for both positive and negative results
Random Testing No restrictions
Post-Accident No restrictions
Reasonable Suspicion No restrictions
Oral Fluids No restrictions
Hair Testing No restrictions
Unemployment Denial Yes Terminate for misconduct, have a drug free workplace policy based on safety.
Workers Comp Discount No
Intoxication Defense Yes No compensation will be allowed when the injury is caused by the injured employee's intoxication at the time of the injury, unless the employee's intoxication resulted from activities which were in pursuit of the employer's interests or in which the employer procured the intoxicating beverage or substance and encouraged its use during the employee's work hours.
Medical Marijuana Yes, limited laws. Low THC/high CBD laws u2013 does not affect drug testing, smoking marijuana is prohibited.
Recreational Marijuana No
Report Driver DOT Positives No
General Statute Louisiana law allows employers to require applicants to take a drug test as a condition of employment. An employer may test employees for drugs (except in the industries of oil drilling, exploration, or production). An employer that will take negative action against an employee based on a positive test result must use certified laboratories and specified procedures for testing.

Louisiana has several laws related to employer drug testing: TITLE 49 — State administration: 49:1001, 1002, 1005, 1011, 1012, 1015, and 1021.

For employers involved in exploration, drilling, and/or production of oil or gas in Louisiana or its territorial waters it is important to call for additional information or consult with your attorney.

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This chart is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal guidance. State and local law varies greatly; therefore, you are advised to consult experienced legal counsel during the design of your actual substance abuse testing program and with any questions that follow.

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