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Does Kohls Drug Test

PUBLISHED: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Kohl’s Corporation operates department stores that sell a wide range of branded merchandise, including clothes, shoes, accessories, and home and garden products. As of February 1, 2020, there are 1,159 Kohl’s stores in the US. The company also operates Kohls.com and 12 Fila outlets as the exclusive US retailer.  


On average, the omnichannel retailer employs 122,000 associates, including 37,000 full-time associates and 85,000 part-timers. As its stores reopen, Kohl’s has established precautionary measures for its associates, customers, and candidates.  Job vacancies are posted on its career website, and phone and video interviews are offered for some positions.  


What is #LifeatKohls like? Find out about the company’s drug-testing policies here. 


Does Kohl’s Drug-Test Employees?


The company’s Code of Ethics states its commitment to a healthy, safe, and environmentally compliant workplace for its associates and customers. This work environment is also free from the following elements:


  • Violence

  • Use or influence of illegal drugs

  • Abuse of controlled substances or alcohol


Preemployment Drug Testing


If you are a store applicant who received and accepted a job offer, you may be required to take a drug test. According to Kohl’s FAQs, one will receive a notification email from a background-check company after submitting the necessary consent forms. This email sets out “how to complete the pre-employment check process, including how to take a drug test if required.” 


The FAQs for distribution applicants contain limited to no information about drug tests or background checks. Based on a 2019 personnel policy on drug testing, associates and executives in distribution centers are among those who need to pass a drug test as a condition of employment.   

  

Drug Testing during Employment


Kohl’s can require existing employees to undergo drug tests due to injury while on duty, promotion/transfer, and so on.  A former employee, who had a medical marijuana card, sued Kohl’s Department Stores Inc. for wrongful termination after testing positive on a drug test conducted after a workplace injury. 


The Answer 


For better outcomes, be aware of Kohl’s policy nos. 126E for drug testing and 150 for alcohol and substance abuse. These policies may be updated regularly.  According to the drug-testing policy, revised in 2019, an applicant’s or associate’s conditional offer may be rescinded, except as prohibited by state law, if they engage in illegal drug use. 


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References:


Latest Kohl’s 10-K

Kohl’s Code of Ethics

Kohl’s FAQs