Louisiana Drug Testing Laws

Covered Employers

Public & private employers (not subject to federally mandated testing program)

Applicant Testing

Not restricted

Employee Testing

  • Authorized testing, but employer may not discharge an employee on the basis of first-time positive result
  • Employees who are discharged for drug use, on or off the job, may be disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation
  • Employees of state contractors subject to random testing

Conditions & Methods

  • Confirming test using different method in case of positive result
  • Privacy in specimen collection
  • Witness may be presented in post-accident testing and testing performed on suspicion of substance abuse, or when in doubt of specimen integrity


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