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New Hampshire Drug Testing Compliance

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New Hampshire

Legal status for workplace drug screening and alcohol testing

Our intent is to make New Hampshire drug screening compliance as simple as possible. You don’t have to be a constitutional law scholar to conduct workplace drug testing in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is a “Open” state, which means there are no state statutes, regulations or known court decisions that would limit your choices for implementing a drug or alcohol testing program or any aspect of it. Testing is your choice, butthere may be federal rules to consider.

This overview is to introduce you to the nature and history of the state’s workplace drug testing rules and to provide a basic understanding of the compliance issues you may face when testing for alcohol and drugs in this state.

Drug Testing Overview Marijuana Court Decisions

Employer Action:
Q1: Are there any state limitations for workplace drug screening policies?
A: No specific requirements of employer drug screening policy for New Hampshire.
Q2: Please choose a reason for drug and alcohol testing:
No
No
No (but must have facts)
Yes - Review OSHA new ruling
No
No
No
Q3: Are there any state requirements for test methods?
A: Safety-sensitive only.
Q4: Are there any state requirements or limitation for drugs you can test for?
A: No restrictions.
Q5: Are there any state requirements or limitations for specific notice of result?
A: No restrictions.
Q6: Is it required to use a Certified Laboratory?
A: There are no requirements or restrictions, but we strongly encourage utilizing a certified laboratory for drug testing.
Q7: What types of specimens can we test for?
A: No restrictions.
Q8: Are there restrictions for Alcohol Testing?
A: No restrictions.

Did you know?

Q1. Can I do a random testing for my employees in New Hampshire?

Correct!

No known limitations at this time for drug and alcohol testing in New Hampshire.

Answer is “Yes”

New Hampshire Drug & Alcohol Testing Laws

This state has no known statutes restricting workplace drug or alcohol testing, and there are no known regulation limits workplace drug or alcohol testing. Since there are no known state statutes, regulations, or court decisions, you may be free, within the limits of applicable federal rules, to draft any policy you wish and to implement whatever testing program makes business sense to you. It is advisable to conduct testing according to the accepted standards of practice in the drug testing industry. There are approximately forty years of testing experience in this country to assist you in that effort.

HB 573-FN signed by the Governor July 23, 2013. An employer does not need to accommodate an employee who is a qualified medical marijuana user. Any accommodation of the therapeutic use of cannabis on the property or premises of any place of employment or on the property or premises of any residential care facility, nursing home, hospital, or hospice house, jail, correctional facility, or other type of penal institution where prisoners reside or persons under arrest are detained. This chapter shall in no way limit an employer's ability to discipline an employee for ingesting cannabis in the workplace or for working while under the influence of cannabis.

ABBREVIATIONS
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
  • Blood Alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • Breath Alcohol Test (BAT)
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Forensic Urine Drug Testing (FUDT)
  • Medical Review officer (MRO)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

Update: December 2017

Disclaimer

This material is time sensitive. Contact us for updates. This information is subject to frequent change through legislative and court action.

All materials in this page and accompanying information are for general educational purposes and not intended to provide legal, scientific or medical advice. Consult with an appropriate professional to address specific issues.

New Hampshire Marijuana Employer Guidelines

“Recreational vs. personal” use of marijuana: We recognize that a majority of the country uses the term “recreational use” when referring to states that have legalized possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for those over 21.

New Hampshire personal and medical use of marijuana.

Medical Use: Governor Hassan signed HB 573-FN (Ch. 126-X:1 to 11) July 23, 2013 establishing the "Therapeutic Use of Cannabis Program." The law does not restrict employer action.

Personal Use: There are several efforts under way to pass legislation permitting personal use of marijuana.

For more information regarding marijuana at work, refer to Info Cubic’s Drug Screening compliance corner.

Update: December 2017

Disclaimer

This material is time sensitive. Contact us for updates. This information is subject to frequent change through legislative and court action.

All materials in this page and accompanying information are for general educational purposes and not intended to provide legal, scientific or medical advice. Consult with an appropriate professional to address specific issues.

KEY COURT DECISIONS
Court Case Issue Outcome Employer Limitation/ Action

No known court cases at this time.

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Update: December 2017

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