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New Hampshire Opioid Crisis Continues to Challenge Employers

Employers in the state of New Hampshire continue to struggle to hire adequate numbers of skilled employees to meet business needs and the opioid crisis adds a significant hurdle to overcome. It is important for employers to know how to assist addicted employees, minimize the impact of the crisis on business and avoid legal risk. […]


Opioid Testing by Employers is Becoming More Common

The opioid epidemic has resulted in more employers testing for these painkillers in the workplace. Effective Jan. 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires employers regulated by the department to conduct opioid testing, which applies to commercial motor vehicle drivers, flight crew and other aviation-related workers, railroad employees, transit workers, certain pipeline employees and […]


DOT Notice Provides Guidance on How the Use of Medical Marijuana Will Affect Drug Testing Results

In an updated Medical Marijuana Notice, the Department of Transportation (DOT) stated that the use of medical marijuana, pursuant to state law, does not constitute a legitimate medical reason for a positive drug test. The Notice makes it clear that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and DOT expects that Medical Review Officers (MROs) will […]


PHMSA Raises Random Drug Testing Rate to 50% for 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportations Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will increase its minimum random drug testing rate by 50% for the upcoming calendar year. Those who operate gas, hazardous liquid, and carbon dioxide pipelines and operators of liquefied natural gas facilities will be required to randomly select and test a percentage of […]


The Impact of the HHS and DOT Regulatory Updates on State Drug Testing

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a final ruling to its alcohol and drug testing regulations, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The revisions harmonize DOT testing regulations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which published new regulations that modify mandated federal drug testing programs in October. […]


New York’s Highest Court Rules That Perceived Alcoholics Are Not Protected Under New York City Human Rights Law

The New York Court of Appeals ruled this month that in order to sustain a claim under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), an individual must actually be a recovered (or recovering) alcoholic and no longer abusing alcohol. In Makinen v. City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op. 07208 (N.Y. October 17, […]


Niffsinger v. SCC Niantic Operating Co.: What Does the Connecticut Ruling Mean for Employers

With more than half of the country passing laws that permit the use of marijuana, businesses are advised to become familiar with new laws. The drug remains on Schedule 1 under the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), in the same category with heroin. Regardless of state regulations, possession of marijuana remains a federal crime. A […]


Trump Finalizing Opioid Testing Rule for Transportation Workers

Railroad engineers, pilots, air traffic controllers and truck drivers could soon be tested for opioids as part of required drug and alcohol testing. The Trump administration proposal is undergoing final review. The Department of Transportation currently administers a five-panel drug test, which includes marijuana, cocaine and PCP for safety-sensitive transportation workers. The proposed rule is […]


SAMHSA Expands Federal Workplace Drug-Testing Guidelines to Include Opioids

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced that drug testing of federal employees now will include four semi-synthetic opioids. Brand names OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Dilaudid now are tested for, effective October 1. A SAMHSA survey from 2015 reported that 75 percent of adults 18 to 64 with substance abuse disorders […]


Opioid Crisis in U.S. Spills into Workplace

It’s no secret that drug abuse in the workforce is a growing challenge for American businesses. A Baltimore food-processing plant practices a zero-tolerance policy in which one randomly chosen employee gets tested each month. It is costly to hire a third-party company and pay the clinic to conduct the test, but the business is certainly […]




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