FWC supports combined urine and saliva testing

The Fair Work Commission found in favour of an employer seeking to urine test its employees for drug use.

The decision centred on a dispute between the Port Kembla Coal Terminal and the CFMEU.

The CFMEU maintains that urine testing represents an unreasonable intrusion into employee’s privacy.

The FWC found that the requirement to provide urine samples was not unjust or unreasonable and that combined use of both methods “significantly outweigh any privacy detriments”.

Source: FWC Decision 2384, April 2015

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