Workplace drug testing issues – State Laws – Texas
These categories do not affect DOT-regulated drug testing. Government employers should always call for potential additional restrictions on employee drug testing.
Workplace Drug Testing Laws in Texas
|Drug Testing Issue
|Instant or POCT Testing
|Medical Review Officer (MRO)
|The use of MRO is highly recommended to avoid liability in your drug testing program.
Medical Marijuana – Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) – Texas Occupations Code §169.001
Intoxication Defense – Texas Labor Code 406.032(1)(A).
Intoxication Defense – States vary in their willingness to allow employers to use an injured worker’s intoxication against a compensation claim. State laws’ intoxication defenses generally fall into one of three rough categories: defenses that do not depend on causation; defenses that require some form of proximate causation between intoxication and injury; and defenses that require that intoxication be the sole cause of injury. Always check with your insurance company and attorney when you have a positive post-accident test after an injury.
This chart is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal guidance. State and local law vary greatly; therefore, you are advised to consult experienced legal counsel during the design of your actual substance abuse testing program and with any questions that follow.