This question is about pre employment physical.

Can an employer require a physical?

By Zippia Team - Feb. 14, 2022

Yes, an employer can require a physical. The key is that you have to have been offered the job before they request the physical. It's a post-offer, pre-employment situation, and that means you need to pass the physical to actually be hired, but they're willing to hire you if you do.

It's important to note that a drug or alcohol test is not considered part of a medical exam. You're likely to get one with your medical exam, but because it's a different classification, a potential employer can require this test outside of the exam and before they offer you any job.

But because some medications can alter a drug test, most employers wait until post-offer for this so they can get the whole picture.

Some other rules come into play when a physical is required for a job. It needs to be a requirement for all people who are potentially being offered the job, and if someone has a disability, appropriate accommodations must be made for them to take the physical also.

Beyond that, your medical record is still confidential and kept separate from other employment records.

Can an employer require a physical?

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