For the past 35 or so years, millions of American workers have had to submit to urine sample drug test to obtain or keep a job. As hard as that is to believe, it wasn’t always like that. The practice of drug testing began taking off during the drug war after Reagan required it for federal employees in 1986 and Congress passed the Drug Free Workplace Act the same year. The Drug Free Workplace Act required any business receiving federal dollars to implement a drug testing program. Fast forward to today, the 10 biggest companies that drug test include some of the largest companies in the world as well as some of the world’s largest employers.
According to the American Management Association, 21% of employers required drug tests in 1987, but as the drug war deepened under Reagan and his 1990s successors, that figure jumped to 81% by 1996. If you’re looking at employment with the following companies, be prepared to undergo a drug screening.
The e-commerce giant may require a drug test as the last step in the hiring process, depending on the position. It also does occasional random, suspicion-less drug tests.
2. Berkshire Hathaway
Warren Buffett’s holding company requires mouth-swab drug tests of potential hires at several of its subsidiaries, including Applied Underwriters and Berkshire Hathaway Assurance. Berkshire Hathaway also does random, suspicion-less drug testing of employees.
3. Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson embraces the notion of the drug-free workplace, and tests workers for both drugs and alcohol. Johnson & Johnson also provides drug treatment through their health insurance program unless the employee is subject to disciplinary action.
4. Exxon Mobil
America’s largest oil company requires a urinalysis test for all job applicants, and some may be tested for alcohol. Currently, their is a rumor that Exxon is looking to include hair follicle drug testing which would increase drug detection periods.
5. JPMorgan Chase & Co.
This Wall Street giant require urine drug testing for all its suppliers’ employees, at the suppliers’ expense. Those workers may also face random, suspicion-less drug testing.
6. General Electric
GE requires mandatory pre-employment drug testing and may also subject workers to random, suspicion-less drug testing. And it will subject employees working at a customer site to drug tests if the customer requests it and it is a lawful request.
This retail giant tests new hires and tests again when considering employees for promotion.
AT&T requires a mandatory drug test. It may also subject workers to random, suspicion-less drug tests.
9. Procter & Gamble
Looking for employment at P&G? Workers will have to first pass a drug test, either urine or hair follicle. It’s not clear whether the mode of testing is random or based on the position sought.
The oil and gas company requires employees, contractors and subcontractors’ employees to submit to drug tests, including alcohol testing. The company also requires contractors to perform random, suspicion-less drug testing as well as drug testing after an accident.
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