Test Cases: The battle over drug screening

The battle over drug screening

Some 4.2 million federal employees got the word last week on new imposed guidelines governing tests for drug use. The rules, based on Ronald Reagan's Executive Order of last September calling for drug-free workplaces, were drawn up by the Government's Office of Personnel Management. They stipulate that federal agency and department heads may fire workers in sensitive positions, like those with access to classified information, who are found to be using illegal drugs; discharge is mandatory after two such instances. Affected employees will be notified 30 days in advance that they will be required to take a test. Workers who refuse...

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