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Concern over drug abuse has led to a move toward testing of employees in both public and private sectors. This bulletin examines one key legal issue--the Fourth Amendment questions involved when a state, city, or county government undertakes to test its employees for drug use.
Drug testing of employees in both the public and private sectors of North Carolina involves important policy considerations, including its substantial cost and the legal issues involved. This article examines the Fourth Amendment questions involved when a state or local government drug tests its employees.
Two significant developments concerning drugs in the workplace are the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the first United States Supreme Court rulings on the constitutionality of drug testing in the public sector. This bulletin summarizes the new act and rulings, and offers advice to local government employers in complying with their requirements.