Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today met with Wheeling area business leaders and members of the Regional Economic Development Partnership, known as RED, to discuss local business challenges including problems related to substance abuse. During the roundtable discussion, Gov. Tomblin signed Executive Order No. 8-12 which orders Workforce West Virginia, a division of the state Department of Commerce, to implement a drug screening policy for participants of its employment training services.
"For our businesses to prosper, we need to understand the challenges they face. That is why I called for this roundtable discussion," Gov. Tomblin said. "One of the biggest challenges relates to substance abuse by employees. I continuously hear from business leaders located all across the state, that they have jobs available but the candidates cannot pass a pre-employment drug screening. When this happens we have wasted taxpayer dollars, hurt our businesses, and limit our economic growth. My executive order will save taxpayer dollars by insuring graduates of Workforce West Virginia training are drug-free and ready to work."
Executive Order No. 8-12 requires all participants seeking to enroll in training-level services funded by Workforce West Virginia to pass a ten-panel drug test. Participants who test positive shall not receive training services for 90 days. If a participant fails a second test, training services shall not be available for one calendar year.
"A drug-free workforce is critical to our state's economic success. By screening applicants before they enter training, we are investing our training dollars in improving the productivity and success of our workforce," said Russell L. Fry, Acting Executive Director of WorkForce West Virginia.