At the height of the shutdown, approximately 40 million Americans were out of work. With the economy in various stages of reopening, millions of employees are wondering if their employers will require them to get tested for the coronavirus in order to come back to work. Millions of others may be asked to test on an ongoing basis, even if they were never furloughed, because testing is far more widely available now. Can they do it?
As the economy reopens to a new reality of working in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, employers are facing the difficult choice of whether or not to test for COVID-19, and if so, which is the right test to administer. Companies have to learn the benefits and downsides of the two main types of coronavirus testing to understand which is applicable to their environment. The choice comes down to comparing the coronavirus antibody test, which can tell if a person had the infection previously, to the PCR test, which determines if a person currently has the actual disease.
The rise in remote work due to COVID-19 has impacted both drug use and drug testing. One study shows a 55% rise in alcohol consumption since work-from-home rose sharply due to widespread shutdowns. Work-from-home staff are facing a changed drug testing landscape. Here's what employers and employees should know about employment drug testing in a world of increased remote employment.