Kansas Alcohol & Drugs: What you need to know

Private employers.Some states have comprehensive laws that regulate or prohibit drug testing in the private sector, but Kansas does not have such a law. Private employers are therefore free to implement drug testing programs at their own discretion. Additional information on developing a program is available. Please see the national Alcohol and Drugs section.

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According to the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights Preemployment Inquiry Guidelines, an employer may require the applicant to submit to a drug test after an offer of employment is made, as long as all entering employees in the same job category face that same requirement, and information obtained remains confidential except to supervisors or managers, or for safety reasons.

Public employers. Kansas law allows drug screening of applicants for safety-sensitive positions in state government as well as screening of current occupants of safety-sensitive positions and certain other state positions if there is a reasonable suspicion of drug use. Applicants can be tested only after receiving conditional offers of employment. Public advertisements for employment in safety-sensitive state positions must include a statement of the requirements of the drug screening program. An employee may not be discharged for a first-time positive test if he or she undergoes drug evaluation and successfully completes any recommended education or treatment program. Except in certain disciplinary hearings, an employee's drug test results must remain confidential (KS Rev. Stat. Sec. 75-4362).

The Kansas Act Against Discrimination prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of certain classifications, including disability (KS Rev. Stat. Sec. ...

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