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Iowa Workplace Injuries and Drug Tests

Amendments made in 2017 to the Iowa workers’ compensation statute have led to questions about drug testing employees who have been injured on the job. While the amendments address some of the liability issues when employees sustain injuries while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they do not authorize blanket drug testing as part of the work comp process. In the absence of a 730.5 compliant policy, drug testing following a reportable workers’ compensation injury must be due to a medical care need.

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