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Iowa to Change Employer Alcohol Testing Requirement on July 1

Iowa’s governor recently signed legislation (H.F. 2383) amending Iowa’s already onerous drug testing law (Iowa Code section 730.5) relating to private employers. Iowa Code section 730.5 states that an employer’s written policy for alcohol testing must include a standard for breath alcohol concentration that is deemed to be a violation of the policy, and that standard must be no less than .04 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, or its equivalent. Under the new law, which will go into effect on July 1, 2018, that standard will be reduced to no less than .02 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath, or its equivalent, allowing employers to take an even tougher stance against employees who might show up to work under the influence.