2020 Arkansas Code
Title 11 - Labor and Industrial Relations
Chapter 14 - Voluntary Program for Drug-free Workplaces
§ 11-14-108. Drug or alcohol use not handicap or disability — Drug or alcohol use cause for firing or failure to hire — Miscellaneous provisions

Universal Citation: AR Code § 11-14-108 (2020)
  1. (a) An employee or job applicant whose drug or alcohol test result is confirmed as positive in accordance with this section shall not by virtue of the result alone be deemed to have a handicap or disability as defined under federal, state, or local handicap and disability discrimination laws.

  2. (b) A covered employer who discharges or disciplines an employee or refuses to hire a job applicant in compliance with this section is considered to have discharged, disciplined, or refused to hire for cause. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to amend or affect the employment-at-will doctrine.

  3. (c) No physician-patient relationship is created between an employee or job applicant and a covered employer or any person performing or evaluating a drug or alcohol test solely by the establishment, implementation, or administration of a drug or alcohol testing program. This section in no way relieves the person performing the test from responsibility for acts of negligence in performing the tests.

  4. (d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a covered employer from establishing reasonable work rules related to employee possession, use, sale, or solicitation of drugs or alcohol, including convictions for offenses relating to drugs or alcohol, and taking action based upon a violation of any of those rules.

  5. (e) This section does not operate retroactively and does not abrogate the right of an employer under state law to lawfully conduct drug or alcohol tests or implement lawful employee drug-testing programs. The provisions of this chapter shall not prohibit an employer from conducting any drug or alcohol testing of employees that is otherwise permitted by law.

  6. (f) If an employee or job applicant refuses to submit to a drug or alcohol test, the covered employer is not barred from discharging or disciplining the employee or from refusing to hire the job applicant. However, this subsection does not abrogate the rights and remedies of the employee or job applicant as otherwise provided in this section.

  7. (g) This section does not prohibit an employer from conducting medical screening or other tests required, permitted, or not disallowed by any statute, rule, or regulation for the purpose of monitoring exposure of employees to toxic or other unhealthy substances in the workplace or in the performance of job responsibilities. The screening or testing is limited to the specific substances expressly identified in the applicable statute, rule, or regulation, unless prior written consent of the employee is obtained for other tests. The screening or testing need not be in compliance with the rules adopted by the Workers' Health and Safety Division of the Workers' Compensation Commission and by the Department of Health. If applicable, such drug or alcohol testing must be specified in a collective bargaining agreement as negotiated by the appropriate certified bargaining agent before such testing is implemented.

  8. (h) No cause of action shall arise in favor of any person based upon the failure of an employer to establish a program or policy for drug or alcohol testing.

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