Temporary workers in Kentucky will be reimbursed for having to take part in illegal drug testing.
According to Lexington’s news station LEX18, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet recovered $190,000 in wages from two staffing companies who charged 8,000 temp workers to take drug tests and perform their own background checks.
It is against state law to charge employees or applicants for the cost of examinations, tests or records requests.
One of the two companies, Belcan Staffing, had to pay $25,000 more for breaching a previous agreement with the Labor Cabinet.
The other staffing company involved was unnamed.
Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown told Lex18, “This is part of the important work the Labor Cabinet staff does on behalf of the people of Kentucky.”
Staffing swindlers, take note: The Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards has recovered more than $15 million in wages for Kentucky workers since the governor took office in 2007.
Its commissioner Mike Dixon said, “Given the breadth of this investigation, the Cabinet will be reaching out to the Kentucky staffing industry to ensure compliance with employment law.”
There was no word on whether employees who failed their drug tests and background checks will see any of the $190K.