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Workplace Policies for Prescription Drugs

Is important for employers to include a Prescription Medication Disclosure provision in their workplace policy that is limited to those medications with impairing effects. For example, dura Automotive Systems implemented a new drug testing policy prohibiting employees from “being impaired by or under the influence” of alcohol, illegal drugs or legal drugs.” If an employee […]

Drug Panels and SAMHSA Requirements

About 33 states and municipalities in the United States have some sort of drug testing law. These laws often refer to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) regulations or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations often imply SAMHSA regulations. With more than 130 controlled substances […]

Electronic Chain of Custody Delivers Faster, Better Drug Testing

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently approved an electronic version of the five-part paper custody and control form (CCF). It is believed that the electronic custody and control form (ECCF) will improve quality by reducing errors and eliminating failures. Federal and non-federal benefits include the elimination of paperwork errors related to corrections or […]

The Use of Hair Testing in the Transportation Industry

More than 70 percent of all of the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks, an industry that must be focused on safety. It has even regulated its own industry by proposing and initiating numerous safety improvements. The inclusion of hair as an alternative testing specimen in federally mandated testing programs is one […]

Workplace Alcohol Testing: Some States Defer to the Federal Standards

Although not all state drug testing laws include provisions for alcohol testing, many states defer to the federal standards and require workplace alcohol tests to be conducted in accordance with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidelines and/or the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Iowa is one state that has a mandatory […]

The Cost of Non-Compliance

In just one year, $482 million was paid by employers for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This may not mean anything to your business, but the cost of non-compliance is great for those who lack knowledge about state laws, unemployment defense, workers’ compensation and Human Rights laws. State laws can be termed mandatory, […]

Massachusetts High Court Reinstates Suit by Employee Fired for Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed a lower court’s dismissal, determining that a woman’s claims for disability discrimination under the Massachusetts antidiscrimination statute could go forward. After accepting a job with Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM), Christina Barbuto was informed she would need to pass a drug test. Barbuto was told the medical marijuana […]

Marijuana Trends Force Employers to Rethink Drug Testing Policies

With more and more employees testing positive for state-legalized marijuana, employers are encouraged to rethink testing and rewrite policies. Positive saliva and urine tests are climbing in both federally mandated, safety-sensitive workplaces, and general U.S. workforces. Although states differ when it comes to their approaches to intoxication and workplace accidents, employers cannot rely solely on […]

In the Weeds: Florida Lawmakers Provide Medical Marijuana Guidance for the Workplace

There’s good news and bad news for employers after Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed a medical marijuana bill into law that provides guidelines on the implementation of the state’s Constitutional Amendment regarding medical marijuana. In 2014, the governor signed into law the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which legalized the use of a […]

A Painful Epidemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, opioid-related overdoses took the lives of 33,000 Americans in 2015. Driving the trend is a steep rise in the use of opioid painkillers, with 35 percent of American adults receiving prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2015. Unfortunately, two-thirds of those individuals have reported that […]

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