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Kansas Drug Testing Laws and Regulations

State: Kansas
Statute of Order: Kan. Gen. Stat. Ann. ยง75-4362
Covered Employers: State government.
Applicant Testing: Testing authorized of applicants for safety- sensitive jobs in state government after a job offer has been made. Advertisements for safety- sensitive jobs must include notice of drug testing requirement.
Employee Testing: Testing authorized of state employees holding safety-sensitive jobs and individuals taking office as governor, lieutenant governor, or attorney general, but only if there is reasonable suspicion of substance abuse, as evidenced by a workplace accident or medical emergency that could be attributed to drug use, by direct observation of impaired performance, by information that the employee is using drugs, or by physical signs of on-the-job drug use. Other safety-sensitive positions include all law enforcement officers who legitimately carry firearms; all state correction officers; all state parole officers; government-appointed department heads and governor’s staff; and all employees with access to correctional institutions, juvenile correctional facilities, mental health institutions. Employee testing positive for the first time must have opportunity to undergo drug evaluation and recommended treatment.
Conditions & Methods: Confidentiality of test results.
Important Bulletpoints:
  • Kansas has a drug screening program for its key State positions and other safety sensitive employees of the State. The program is intended to establish the State government as a model for a drug-free workplace.
  • Among those mandated by Kansas State’s statutes to undergo drug screening is the office of the governor, lieutenant governor or the attorney general. Safety sensitive positions of the State include law enforcement officers, correction officers, parole officers, heads of State agencies, the governor’s staff members, and certain employees of correctional, juvenile and mental health facilities.
  • Employers with a drug free workplace program may be required a written policy in relation to administering workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits. It must be made known to the employees that the policy includes alcohol and controlled substance testing as a required condition of employment.
  • Substance abuse testing with probable cause is allowed as well as voluntary testing for an employee assistance program or similar drug or alcohol rehabilitation program.
  • As per the law, collection and testing for controlled substances must be done by licensed professionals and be performed and confirmed at certified laboratories only.
  • Employees’ refusal to undergo chemical testing for presence of drugs is only admissible evidence if employer can show probable cause.
  • Workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits may be denied for employees impaired due to alcohol intoxication or use of any drugs.
  • Governor Sam Brownback signed into law requiring drug testing for those who receive jobless benefits and welfare if there is suspicion of drug use. Those with positive results would have to undergo and complete substance abuse and job training programs. Failure to do so would render the person ineligible to receive benefits and welfare from the state government. Those who refuse drug testing will be ineligible too.
  • There is no government law that limits drug testing in the workplace that employees who believe that their drug testing is illegal would have to refer on other legal theories such as disability discrimination, discrimination based on age, gender or ethnicity; invasion of privacy and defamation.
Medical Marijuana Law: Kansas has two bills relating to the medical use of marijuana. Senate Bill (SB) 9 is an act that will allow the use of marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Qualifying patients would have to register under government centers for the issuance of identification cards. This bill was pre-filled by Sen. David Haley on January 2013 but failed in the legislation. House Bill (HB) 2198 supports SB9 and was introduced by the House Standing Committee on Vision 2020 in February 2013. The bill also failed in the legislation. To date, there are no Kansas laws pertaining to the use of medical marijuana.
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