ALL OTHER DRUG SCREENING ARTICLE INDEX FOR 2019 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ (26)
JANUARY I NATIONAL: Data released by Quest Diagnostics shows that those in the retail industry had the highest positivity rate for illicit drugs, with transportation and warehousing not far behind.
JANUARY I FLORIDA: School districts in Palm Beach County School District are no longer able to justify blanket drug testing, but, instead, must connect specific job duties with a safety risk from drug use.
JANUARY I NATIONAL: The use of fake urine is posing a new threat to drug testing and is readily available at “head shops”, truck stops, on the Internet and at other retailers.
MARCH I SOUTH CAROLINA: The South Carolina Supreme Court held that drug testing companies conducting tests on South Carolina employees owe a duty of care to those employees.
MARCH I UNITED KINGDOM: In response to the frustration surrounding implementing drug and alcohol policies in the workplace, the Information Commissioner’s Office has suggested using “the least intrusive forms of testing practicable.”
APRIL I ARIZONA: Some are questioning whether Walmart is blacklisting medical professionals for filling too many prescriptions for pain killers.
MAY I NATIONAL: A survey conducted by Express has revealed that 65 percent of businesses say they have job applicants who can’t pass a drug test, stressing the importance of impairment recognition.
JUNE I NATIONAL: With business booming for cannabidiol (CBD) products, employers should learn the basics of the oil to determine whether they must accompany its use for medicinal purposes.
JUNE I NATIONAL: Effective Jan. 6, 2020, employers and state licensing agencies are required to query the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which identifies those with drug and alcohol violations.
JUNE I NATIONAL: Employers are encouraged to revise existing policies to address the use of cannabis that includes CBD and less than .1 percent of tetrahydrocannabinois, now considered a Schedule V drug.
JUNE I NEW YORK: A disability discrimination claim was dismissed by a federal court due to the employees failing to state a claim because they were not subjected to an adverse employment action.
JUNE I WISCONSIN: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking full relief to correct the practices of Rogers Behavioral Health, which allegedly violated federal law when it rescinded an applicant’s job offer because she tested positive for a prescribed medication.
JULY I NATIONAL: A Trucking Alliance study is urging Congress to ask the Department of Health and Human Services to complete hair test guidelines for pre-employment and random drug test protocols.
JULY I NATIONAL: As part of the DOT’s regulated program, a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) can help assess and recommend treatment for those who test positive for drugs and/or alcohol.
JULY I NATIONAL: It is an employer’s responsibility to understand the difference between Department of Transportation (DOT) and non-DOT testing requirements to ensure compliancy with laws and regulations.
JULY I NATIONAL: The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, decriminalizing it and allowing states to write their own policies.
AUGUST I PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania’s list of “serious medical conditions” under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act now includes anxiety and Tourette Syndrome.
SEPTEMBER I TEXAS: Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC, has been ordered to pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
SEPTEMBER I NATIONAL: Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing has revealed that there have been year-over-year double-digit increases in workplace drug positivity in six of the 17 sectors reported.
OCTOBER I TEXAS: A district court dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act claim in which an employee was terminated from his position after a positive drug test due to the use of Sudafed.
OCTOBER I NATIONAL: Synthetic drugs often have strong side effects and aren’t included in standard drug testing, but they can now be detected through the use of new drug testing technology.
OCTOBER I NATIONAL: Effective Jan. 1, 2020, federal agencies won’t be able to conduct oral fluid drug testing of federal employees until the Department of Health and Human Services has approved laboratories for oral drug testing.
NOVEMBER I NATIONAL: Federal agencies, contractors and industries regulated by the Department of Transportation now has access to an easier, less costly sample collection method – oral drug testing.
NOVEMBER I OKLAHOMA: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed summary judgment in favor of the employer in a case in which the employee was terminated following a positive drug test, which he claims was the result of his use of over-the-counter cold medicine.
NOVEMBER I NATIONAL: The Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse requires additional reporting and query requirements as a means of identifying and tracking commercial drivers who violate the agency’s drug and alcohol testing program.
DECEMBER I NATIONAL: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration amended its regulations to establish a database that will contain information about violations of DOT/FMCSA drug and alcohol testing programs for holders of CDLs.