Q: We have an Iowa Code 730.5 compliant drug testing program. However, we have an applicant who, due to a health condition, cannot provide a urine sample for drug testing. Can we just disqualify him?
A: No. While urine testing is a primary testing method under the statute, you are required to make reasonable accommodations in testing procedures. This is required nationally under the ADA/ADAAA. Accommodation could include alternate testing methods such as saliva (depending on what statute you are testing under) or an alternate method of medical clearance.
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