Reduce Impairment on the Job and Improve Workplace Safety by Amending the Laws Governing Employment Practices Concerning Substance Use Testing

Last updated: Mar 11, 2018

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Amy Volk, Senate 30 - Cumberland County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1768



UPDATE: This bill received an Ought Not to Pass report from the committee. It is likely dead.


Senator Volk of Cumberland is the sponsor of legislation that makes some changes to substance abuse testing. In part it would narrow the definition of an employee and provides that a full-time employee is one who works at least 36 hours a week. It would also require the Department of Labor to develop a uniform impairment and substance use testing policy applicable to all employers and requires employers to certify their adoption of the policy has been approved by the Department of Labor prior to the substance use testing. It also makes changes to ‘probable cause’ and replaces it with ‘impairment detection’, which may be based on a single work-related incident.