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The Sober Reality of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Surveys show that substance abuse remains one of the most serious safety issues facing U.S. employers. Statistics tell us that: over 6 million active alcoholics are on the payrolls of American businesses; some 73% of all current illegal drug users aged 18 and older are employed; employees working under the influence are over 3 times […]

State Laws Dictate Drug Testing Policy Content

A well-written, comprehensive drug testing policy is the cornerstone of any successful program. A good policy accurately reflects a company’s drug testing objectives and clearly articulates prohibited behavior as well as the consequences for violations of the policy. It also describes who is subject to drug testing, under what circumstances testing will occur, and how […]

Drug Abuse Kills 200,000 People Each Year: UN Report

Drug abuse kills about 200,000 people worldwide each year, according to a new United Nations (UN) report. Global treatment for drug abuse would cost $250 billion per year if everyone who needed help received proper care, according to the UN. Fewer than one in five people who need treatment actually receive it, according to the […]

Dayton Superior Corp Fined for Terminating Employee for Testing Positive for Medication Required to Treat Disability

Dayton Superior Corporation, a nationwide provider of concrete and masonry construction products, will pay $50,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The EEOC charged that Dayton Superior Corporation discriminated against Chassity Brady, a quality control lab technician in its Braselton, Ga., facility, by […]

Minnesota and Maryland State Law Workplace Alcohol Testing Update

This is to remind employers that workplace breath alcohol testing and saliva alcohol testing are not permitted in the state of Minnesota. This state law prohibition has been in place for a number of years, although the Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota has been attempting to change the law. Recently, there has also been some […]

A Diverse Landscape of State Laws

As more types of drug testing technologies arrive on the scene, it is essential for employers to be aware of laws governing drug testing practices in the workplace. Speaking only of the private sector, Bill Current, president of WFC & Associates, a national consulting practice for testing companies, says that the existence and extent of […]

Consistent Application of Zero Tolerance Drug Policy Trumps Wrongful Termination Claim

In Martin, et al. v. Quick Chek Corporation, et al., the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed a trial court decision and held that Quick Chek’s consistent application of its zero tolerance drug policy constituted a legitimate, non-discriminatory basis for its decision to terminate Erik W. Martin’s employment. The plaintiff, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, filed […]

All Hospitals Should Require Drug, Alcohol Tests for Physicians

To improve patient safety, hospitals should randomly test physicians for drug and alcohol use in much the same way other major industries in the U.S. do to protect their customers. The recommendation comes from two Johns Hopkins physicians and patient safety experts in a commentary published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). […]

Cheers! Workplace Alcohol Testing Made Easier (And No More Effective)

A new finger-touch testing device is now ready for launch, which can give a red or green light for alcohol in the blood stream in just 10 seconds, allowing for the “processing” of up to 300 employees per hour. According to the manufacturers, users can set their own threshold levels and the device can be […]

Kansas Governor Signs Public Benefits Drug Test Bill

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has signed into law a bill that requires applicants for welfare and unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are using drugs. People who test positive would have to undergo drug treatment and job training at state expense before becoming eligible for cash assistance. According […]

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