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Does Best Buy Drug Test

PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Best Buy Co. Inc. aims “to enrich lives through technology” with offerings classified as follows: computing and mobile phones, consumer electronics, appliances, entertainment (drones, toys), services, and others.  As of February 1, 2020, the Richfield, Minnesota–based company has 1,175 large-format stores and 56 small-format ones. The company has 125,000 people working in full-time, part-time, and seasonal capacities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. 


What is it like working at Best Buy? One popular perk of being employed at the big-box retailer is the employee discount. You can check its careers page for job openings for retail and corporate. If there’s one thing clear about applying for work at Best Buy, it’s their drug-testing policy. Read more.


Does Best Buy Drug-Test Employees?


Best Buy subscribes to an alcohol-free and drug-free workplace policy. Based on its Code of Ethics, the company prohibits employees from working or conducting company business while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. 


Pre-employment Drug Testing


The salient points of Best Buy’s pre-employment drug testing are the following:


  • Who will be tested? Those who have received a conditional offer of employment for positions that require drug testing, which should be done within two business days of accepting the offer.

  • What substances are to be tested? The test aims to detect marijuana (THC), opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), and their metabolites.    

  • How and where is the test conducted? Licensed medical laboratories will collect urine samples for the testing. The company will pay for these pre-employment drug tests, including the confirmation tests.

  • What are the consequences of testing positive? They will no longer be considered for employment, and the conditional offer of employment will be rescinded. For candidates who refuse or fail to appear for the drug test within the specified time, their employment offer will be withdrawn.


Drug Testing during Employment


Unlike the company’s pre-employment drug testing, whose process is made public, there’s no clear information about the company’s policies on testing existing employees.  


The Answer


Best Buy is clear on what it expects from candidates who meet the criteria for drug testing (having conditional offers of employment and whose positions require them to submit to drug testing). As to whether Best Buy conducts drug testing on existing employees, the company’s employee handbook and other policies may hold the answer.  


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References


Latest Best Buy 10-K

Best Buy My HR Website

Best Buy Code of Ethics 

Best Buy Pre-employment Drug Testing