Employers face a much different landscape for drug testing once leaving U.S. borders. What works here may not necessarily work in other countries, and in fact, could result in sanctions or legal action. Before beginning international operations, be aware of the legal landscape of the countries in which you will operate.
Pre-employment screening is permissible in some countries, but is strictly limited in others. In fact, drug and alcohol testing is strictly limited in most European countries, as well as many other countries around the world, including countries as diverse as Chile, Colombia, and South Africa.
Although drug and alcohol testing requirements vary by country, there are some common-sense protections for all employers to consider implementing:
Source: Fisher & Phillips, LLP