Drug Test Release On Application

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PJ's Comment
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I’m not 100 percent positive, but I think the release is too the gov’t. I know they are just about ready to launch the new database on this very topic. However in the mean time why not simply ask the new perspective employer where they get the info presently. Seems simple enough at least in theory.

PackRat's Comment
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I’m not 100 percent positive, but I think the release is too the gov’t. I know they are just about ready to launch the new database on this very topic. However in the mean time why not simply ask the new perspective employer where they get the info presently. Seems simple enough at least in theory.

My understanding is that will be a drug clearinghouse that will be the master list of all CMV operators that have failed a drug screen only.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Turtle's Comment
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I don’t know why it’s so hard to understand.

It's hard to understand because you repeatedly asked about a drug test release. You didn't mention that you already denied permission to contact your current employer. Denying permission isn't a normal thing. That's where my confusion was.

You have to understand that we get people here all the time who are looking for a way to dodge their past. I'm certainly not saying that's what you were doing, but you can understand my initial skepticism in that regard.

I hear ya about being afraid of being blacklisted within your present company, but it doesn't seem to me it would be in the company's best interest to slow you down. If you aren't turning, they aren't earning.

I don't personally know who they contact regarding the drug tests. But if I were a company, and an applicant denied permission to contact their current employer for a drug test or otherwise, I'd pass. Just my opinion.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I agree with Turtle. Not giving permission throws up all kinds of red flags, especially when that employer has been your ONLY driving job (guessing here). By law, they have to contact every employer you've had for the previous 10 years. It's 3 years for a brand new cdl holder although some companies go back 10 years on every driver, whether brand new or experienced.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Jeremy G.'s Comment
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I’m applying for a new job and it’s asking for me to release former employment drug testing. I have no problem with this, but am curious as to where they get that information from. It wants me to release current employer and I’m concerned they would contact the current employer. I don’t want to lose my job do to searching for another. Thanks for the help!

You’re absolutely right I will ask them. I tried to get in touch with the recruiter that I was dealing with, but he had left for the day. So I thought I would give this a shot and finish out the application tonight. I’ll just have to wait until morning. Thanks!

Jeremy G.'s Comment
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Ok I see I’m not going to get my answer here, so moving on.

Jeremy G.'s Comment
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I agree with Turtle. Not giving permission throws up all kinds of red flags, especially when that employer has been your ONLY driving job (guessing here). By law, they have to contact every employer you've had for the previous 10 years. It's 3 years for a brand new cdl holder although some companies go back 10 years on every driver, whether brand new or experienced.

I’ve never given permission to contact my current employment. It has never affected me getting a job. They usually ask, so we can’t contact current employer I tell them I don’t want it to affect my employment if I don’t get this job and they always say ok and move on. I don’t know why I would want my current employer to know I’m looking elsewhere?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Turtle's Comment
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Ok I see I’m not going to get my answer here, so moving on.

This post is all of what, three hours old? What did you expect, instant answers? Yours is neither a normal question that people ask, nor one that most would know an answer to.

Tommy C.'s Comment
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Hey guys and gals, I've been reading your site for a little while and this is the first time ive written anything. But I feel I have to in regards to this OP concerns, cuz I feel like he is gonna have a heart attack about this. My opinion is this, I've always been a proponent of treat people like you want to be treated. Alot of these companies dont get alot of 2 weeks notice from drivers. its usually gone today here tomorrow kinda deal. And the reason I say this is, talk to the company about your concerns, and tell that you are a person who would give 2 weeks notice to previous employer. I guarantee they would respect your wishes and it also shows them that you have some values. They will know you will not leave them at the drop of a hat. It doesnt sound like a big deal, trust me it is. People remember stuff like that especially stuff out of ordinary, Plus when you give your notice, chances are they are not gonna let you fulfill it. At least you made the suggestion. Again just my very extremely humble opinion.

PackRat's Comment
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Ok I see I’m not going to get my answer here, so moving on.

Wrong. What you should have typed is, “I see I’m not going to get an answer I want to hear, so I’ll go somewhere safe and bash trucking companies as being unfair”.

This is what you are really thinking. The Truth.

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