When employers conduct drug testing as part of the employment screening check, it is vital that they maintain reasonable control of the entire process. If an employer conducts lab-based drug testing, they must provide a Chain of Custody Form (CCF) to the applicant. The applicant will then proceed to the designated collection site to submit his or her specimen. The employer must maintain reasonable control over the applicant to ensure they are submitting their specimen in a timely manner. Best practices recommend providing a 24 – 48 hour window for the applicant to complete the test. This will ensure timely delivery of the results and allow the employer to make an employment decision expeditiously.
Some employers; however, allow the applicant upwards of two weeks to complete the test. There are a couple of pitfalls that could arise when this happens:
What should employers do to combat this issue?
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