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Health Care Worker Drug Testing Bill Advances in New Hampshire

The first law in the nation to require the widespread drug testing of health care employees may be on its way to passage, as the New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed by a vote of 289-48, without debate, “An Act relative to the drug-free workplaces for licensed health care facilities and providers,” on January […]

FMCSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

On February 12th, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver’s license (“CDL”) holders. The public comment period ends on April 21, 2014. The proposed rule would, among other things, “establish the terms of […]

Bringing Your Employees Down From Their High: Drug Testing and Legalized Marijuana

Over the years, most employers have implemented policies that prohibit the use of illegal drugs during work hours or while on work-related business. Many other employers have made drug testing part of the standard onboarding process for all new employees. With the legalization of marijuana in some states, a difficult conflict exists regarding the applicability, […]

Cross-Border Employers Must Take Care Before Implementing Drug-and-Alcohol-Testing Policies at Non-U.S. Operations

Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing, and with some exceptions, are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. The U.S. attitude toward drug testing does not necessarily translate to other countries, however, where there may be different attitudes toward employee privacy, in particular. U.S.-based employers can run […]

Drug Rules for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Updated

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) has published another final rule, which is now in effect. This rule addresses the drug use of commercial motor vehicles drivers, and the FMCSA aims to eliminate inconsistencies in at least three areas. First, the final rule amends the physical qualifications for commercial motor vehicle (“CMV”) drivers to […]

Failed Drug Tests Limit Employers’ Options

As manufacturers increase the use of drug testing, seeking candidates who are less likely to pose safety risks on the job due to substance-related impairments, employers are being stymied in the search for skilled workers because of failed drug tests. Although employers are not required to make individuals take a drug test, hiring someone with […]

Substance-Abuse Intervention Works Best When the Boss Steps In: Study

A new study reveals supervisors must go past detection and aid in enforcement of substance-abuse policies to deter use of alcohol and drugs on the job. The study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that supervisor contact-detecting a substance-abuse problem through normal interaction with an employee-has little effect on employee alcohol […]

How’s Your Drug-Screening Program?

FightReady’s co-founder, Bill Judge believes the following are the most common: mistakes employers make when implementing a drug screening program: -Have a policy but keep it in a drawer and don’t look at it -Follow the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) procedures for employees who aren’t regulated by DOT -Enforce a single nationwide policy -Fail to […]

The ADA And Workplace Drug Testing: What Are An Employer’s Rights?

An employee who works under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work may, at the very least, have diminished productivity and poor work performance; at worst, he poses a serious safety risk to himself and those around him. As an employer, you have both a right and an obligation to maintain a safe and […]

Oral Fluid Finding More Positives; Marijuana Remains Most Commonly Detected

Drug Testing Index (DTI) data released by Quest Diagnostics, provider of diagnostic information services, reveal a jump in positivity rates for marijuana in oral fluid vs. urine in the U.S. general workforce. While marijuana positivity rates in oral fluid and urine changed little between 2008 and 2011, the gap between oral fluid and urine positivity […]

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