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Iowa Drug Testing Law Amended: Lawsuits on the Rise

Iowas 10-page drug testing statute, enacted more than 30 years ago, includes provisions addressing permissible types of tests, written notice requirements, rehabilitation for positive alcohol test results, split-specimen testing, and mandatory supervisor training, among other things. The Governor recently signed an amendment into law that will allow employers to take action based on an alcohol […]


Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Statute Raises New Questions for Employers

Pennsylvania employers have joined those in a number of states learning how to handle employees who test positive for medical marijuana after the state opened its first medical marijuana dispensary. Pennsylvania recently passed a medical marijuana statute that contains a specific caveat barring employers from discriminating against employees who use medical marijuana with a legal […]


New Vermont Pot Law: What Employers Need to Know

People 21 or older in Vermont soon will be legally permitted to possess limited quantities of marijuana and marijuana plants. Possession includes up to one ounce of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish and two mature or four immature plants. The law does not affect an employers ability to enforce rules on smoking or use […]


Employers Can Maintain a Drug Free Workplace in California Despite State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Californias passage of the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, commonly referred to as Proposition 64, legalized the scale, possession, and use of recreational marijuana under limited circumstances. The drug still remains an illegal Schedule I substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act and therefore is still subject to prosecution under federal […]


Will California Employment Law Protect Medical Marijuana Users?

A proposed bill in the state of California would protect medical marijuana users from employment discrimination. California employers currently can deny employment to users of marijuana, even if the use is to treat a medical condition. But the new bill, AB 2069, would amend the existing Fair Employment and Housing Act to create a new […]


The Coming Decline of the Employment Drug Test

Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., which has resulted in the slow decline of pre-employment drug tests. Excellence Health Inc., a Las Vegas-based health care company with about 6,000 employees, no longer drug tests people coming to work for the pharmaceutical side of the business. And AutoNation Inc. recently announced that […]


The Americans with Disabilities Act and Medical Marijuana

While the majority of states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, federal law stands firm regarding marijuana as an illegal drug, even when it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This federal law states that a qualified individual with a disability shall not include any employee or applicant who is currently engaging […]


Maine Recreational Marijuana Law Limits Drug Testing, Disciplinary Consequences Imposed by Employers

Effective February 1, 2018, a provision of Maines recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use. One of the provisions provides that employers are not required to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, trade, display, transportation, sale or growing of marijuana in the workplace. In addition, employers are […]


Hair or Saliva or Urine? Which is Best for Drug-Testing Job Candidates?

There are currently three primary methods for specimen collection for employers who want to create a safe and healthy workforce through drug screening. Urine testing is used by 90 percent of employers, according to HireRight, with saliva used by 10 percent and hair used by 7 percent. HIreRights Dr. Todd Simo noted that alternate specimens […]


Fake Urine Ban Being Considered in Mississippi

The Mississippi Urine Trouble Act, sponsored by Republican State Representative Andy Gipson, would ban the sale or use of synthetic human urine for the purposes of defrauding a drug test, including one for employment. A box of fake urine can be purchased at truck stops and novelty shops throughout the state, often labeled fetish urine, […]




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