Backing out of a job offer after a pre-employment drug test form was emailed to you?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TurtlesLikeI, Oct 21, 2021.

  1. TurtlesLikeI

    TurtlesLikeI Light Load Member

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    I learned kinda late into the hiring process that a company I've been looking at doesn't even offer health insurance, but instead some telemedicine nonsense that only covers absolute basics. I really don't like to play with health issues, rather be overinsured than underinsured, so decided it wasn't the company for me. It's a contractor for FedEx, so FedEx's First Advantage background check thing has been going on for me. The other day, they sent me a DOT pre-employment drug test form with a 5 day expiration date.

    Am I obligated to do it even if I'm backing out? Can I end up with a refusal? I plan on calling them when they open to see how this is generally handled, but I just wanted to see what you guys think if you've been in a similar situation.
     
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  3. Antinomian

    Antinomian Road Train Member

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    You don't have to take the job just because you took the drug test.
     
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  4. RocketScott

    RocketScott Medium Load Member

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    He's worried about not taking the drug test (because he's not taking the job) and how that might show up later
     
  5. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    The safest thing. Would be to take the test. Then when they offer you the job. Decline it. That way they can't say you refused it out of spite. Cuz as we all know. A refusal counts as a positive.
     
  6. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

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    Err on the side of safety, go take the test then turn down the job.

    don’t turn the job down 1st and let them b.s. you by saying it’s ok skip the drug test. You got notification, if you take the test nobody can say a darn word about refusal.
    Just my 2 cents worth
     
  7. Moronica

    Moronica Light Load Member

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    Yeah , I would take the drug test since they already scheduled it . Can you imagine if somehow it gets noted that the drug test was ordered and you refused it
     
  8. dibstr

    dibstr Road Train Member

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    You are not obligated to take a drug test if you decide not to pursue employment with them. Failure to show up for a pre-employment drug test is not a refusal. 382.107
    Refuse to submit (to an alcohol or controlled substances test) means that a driver:

    (1) Fail to appear for any test (except a pre-employment test) within a reasonable time, as determined by the employer, consistent with applicable DOT agency regulations, after being directed to do so by the employer. This includes the failure of an employee (including an owner-operator) to appear for a test when called by a C/TPA (see § 40.61(a) of this title);

    (2) Fail to remain at the testing site until the testing process is complete. Provided, that an employee who leaves the testing site before the testing process commences (see § 40.63(c) of this title) a pre-employment test is not deemed to have refused to test;

    (3) Fail to provide a urine specimen for any drug test required by this part or DOT agency regulations. Provided, that an employee who does not provide a urine specimen because he or she has left the testing site before the testing process commences (see § 40.63(c) of this title) for a pre-employment test is not deemed to have refused to test;
     
  9. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    I personally would do the drug test as I'm paranoid someone will get something wrong and screw up my career. That said, @dibstr is 100% correct in that a pre-employment drug test is treated differently than a random. It's fine to simply decline the job offer and thus the drug test.

    Now if you do go to take the test and walk out of the "secure" area, whatever the testing center calls secure, it can be a refusal even for pre-employment. So if you do go don't walk out, but you don't need to go.
     
  10. Boondock

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    I would just take the test. Then you don't have to worry about it.
     
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  11. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    Ordinarily, I’d say crawfish out of it, but this outfit sounds cheap (based on your comments about the benefits).

    As such, I think you should do the test AND go to orientation. And, at the End of the last day, tell them you changed your mind because you need better medical.
     
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