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Drug Testing Compensation

We have an hourly non-exempt employee that we sent in for a post-accident drug test recently, due to an incident in the warehouse with a forklift. We have not received the results of the drug test yet, and are wondering if we are responsible for paying him for the time he spent going to this required drug test? This happened in Minnesota. He normally works an 8-10 hour shift, and the day of the accident only worked 1-1/2 hours.

The best practice would be to pay the employee for this time. Since you required the employees presence at the drug test, and he was not free to go about his own pursuits during that time, he should be paid for it. In a sense, this was a mandatory meeting for this employee. We presume that otherwise, he is on unpaid suspension until the results of the drug test come back.

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2 Responses to “Drug Testing Compensation”

  1. Del Angelo Says:

    If an employee is required to take a random drug test is there any compensation or mileage paid for going to the drug test? Also can an employee be required to take the test on his day off? Does this require compensation / reimbursement? (Florida senario)
    Thank you.

  2. Caitlin Says:

    Hi Del! Unfortunately, no, in Florida the employer is not required to offer reimbursement of mileage or payment. HTH, and thanks for reading the blogs!~ Caitlin

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