Is it normal for in-house jobs to ask if you are willing to consent to a physical exam which includes testing for illegal substances?

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Lol no wtf - that also sounds more invasive than a typical drug test (which would also be odd, albeit not totally unusual)

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It’s not abnormal. Probably the same likelihood as any white collar job in corporate America. Higher likelihood if they are a government contractor.

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Yes normal. You have to remember the company is probably not differentiating the legal team from the manufacturing folks from the operations folks from the HR folks, and so on in terms of drug testing/standardized pre employment screening.

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Normal for old-school companies and those in highly regulated industries, especially if they are public. Not the norm for tech companies and private companies in unregulated industries.

Either way, it's dumb and I would walk.

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IMHO If you are working for a company in a highly regulated industry (like the FDA and their oversight) then it isn't as surprising.

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This would be a deal breaker for me. I don't use often, but I want the freedom to use

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I’ve worked in-house in two very different industries (one private company in tech, the other a public company in a dinosaur industry with almost no employees under 40). Wasn’t tested in either, although the private company is a big state/local gov contractor and I think it tests its high-level executives and engineers doing on-site work.

I think pre-employment drug testing for desk workers is an idiotic policy and a company red flag no matter what industry, and I can’t imagine any job offer being so compelling that I would be willing to submit to complete physical exams at the company’s discretion.

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I had to consent to this and ongoing medical exams (I think) to get my job. I did a drug test and clearly passed. I think they can test me again but IDC.

Probably depends on the company. I worked for a large public company that required this but the other two large public companies that I’ve worked for didn’t 🤷‍♂️. All in the legal department.

Oil and gas does this but context is bc they do it for everyone. They don’t want someone addicted to drugs operating an oil rig

My job required a physical and drug test. I understand the drug test but not the physical. If I have health issues identified in the physical, what does the company do with that info?

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