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New Jersey Federal Court: Employer Need Not Waive Drug Gest for Medical Marijuana User

Despite the legalization of medical marijuana in several states, the drug still remains a Schedule 1 illegal substance. Employees, however, are left wondering how the new laws affect rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For instance, New Jerseys Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA) does not permit the use of medical marijuana in […]

Job Applicants with Past Drug Addiction Protected Under the ADA

As long as they successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program or are currently participating, employees and job applicants are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) based on past drug addiction. Various lawsuits have been filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against employers for discriminating against those who have been or […]

Federal Court Rules for Applicant in Medical Marijuana Employment Discrimination Case

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Company, LLC, addresses the intersection of cannabis law and employment discrimination law. The plaintiff in the case applied for and accepted a job offer from a health and rehabilitation center, but, after disclosing her use of […]

Employer’s Guide to Hair Drug Testing

Organizations understand the critical need for a drug-free workplace. A robust drug screening program can help employers avoid hiring illicit drug users. In this guide, learn the essentials of hair drug testing: what is it, its benefits, when to use it, how much it costs, the ROI associated with it and how HireRight can help […]

Vermont Attorney General Publishes Guide to Marijuana in the Workplace

As a precursor to the enactment of Vermonts July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana law, the Vermont Office of the Attorney General released the Guide to Vermonts Laws on Marijuana in the Workplace to address key factors regarding the states marijuana laws and guides employers on the topic of drug testing in the workplace. For example, […]

Medical Pot Use Raises Concerns

According to Dr. David C. Randolph, a Milford, Ohio-based occupational physician, opioids, in the early 90s, were not considered to be addictive and they were widely prescribed for pain management something eerily familiar to medical marijuana laws. A 2017 survey revealed that 83% of Americans believe doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana to patients, […]

Maines New Recreational Marijuana Law Permits Employers to Enforce Policies Restricting Use

On May 2, 2018, an amended law permits employers in the state of Maine to enforce workplace policies restricting the use of marijuana and to take disciplinary action in accordance with those workplace policies. The original law prohibited employers from refusing to employ a person who used marijuana outside of the employers property, while the […]

Company Fired Employee for Participation in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Drug Addiction, Federal Agency Charged

Foothills Child Development Center was found to have violated federal law under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when it terminated employee Leon Dabrowski, after he disclosed his participation in a supervised medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program. The afterschool teacher was hired to work at the Easley, S.C., facility, but was fired just 30 minutes into […]

Cannabis Use Across Industries and Occupations: What Can A Business Do?

Nine states and the District of Columbia now have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty additional states allow medical marijuana and the numbers are expected to grow. Employers are finding it difficult to comply with both state and federal laws since marijuana still remains a Schedule I illegal drug under the Controlled Substance Act. In […]

Cannabidiol and Drug Tests

Cannabidiol (CBD), one of approximately 400 compounds found in cannabis, does not produce a high, but research surrounding its use is in its early phases. So far, studies have revealed that CBD may benefit medical and therapeutic issues such as seizures, PTSD, neurological diseases, pain, cancer, inflammation and mood disorders. Sara Jane Ward, assistant professor […]

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