Jo Co Rejects Occupational Testing

Jo Co Rejects Occupational Testing

Occupational testing was discussed again at the Johnson County Commission meeting Tuesday, and after discussions the commission chose to not adopt the policy for all employees.

The county had looked into adopting a random drug and alcohol testing policy for all county employees, but the commission chose not to pursue the policy after county attorney Ken DeCock determined it was illegal to test government employees.

County Road and Bridge employees and others that drive county-owned vehicles or equipment are already involved in random drug testing, according to the commission, and all employees are currently given a pre-employment drug and alcohol screen is allowed under state and Federal law.

The county commission voted to not pursue random testing for all employees, maintain the random testing that is already being done, and to continue with pre-employment screening.

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