**All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or religious reasons may be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.**
A pre-hire background check will be made on most applicants selected for employment. It may include checks of your criminal background records, driving record, education, professional licenses and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the county to obtain your background information.
Pre-employment Medical Examination
If indicated in the job announcement, an applicant must satisfactorily meet required medical standards for the job in a medical examination conducted by county-designated medical staff.
Drug and Alcohol Screening
Some applicants will be required to pass a urine drug and alcohol screening as a condition of employment. The hiring agency will schedule the test with an approved certified laboratory at the county’s expense. The test must be completed prior to starting work.
The test will detect the presence of alcohol for up to 24 hours and the presence of numerous drugs for longer periods of time. The applicant will be given an opportunity to identify any prescription or over-the-counter drugs taken. Fairfax County Government follows professionally-accepted practices for ensuring privacy, accuracy, and confidentiality.
If the specimen is found to be positive for drugs and/or alcohol, applicants are entitled to have the same specimen tested independently at a different certified laboratory at the applicant’s own expense.