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Drug testing: an easy way to keep problem employees out or a cost-ineffective invasion of privacy? Join the debate.

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These days, it seems employee drug testing has become about as commonplace as providing business cards. Chances are, if you don't already have a drug-testing policy, you're probably considering instituting one. And for the most part, potential and existing employees have even come to accept it as a part of the present-day job process. So why, when drug testing appears to be such a vital part of the modern American workplace, are some small-business owners and experts re-evaluating whether it's really good for business?

According to Daniel Abrahamson, legal affairs director for the Lindesmith Center in San Francisco, "Employers need to think hard about why they're drug testing; what their bottom line is."

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