ALL OTHER DRUG SCREENING INDEX FOR 2020 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ (40)
January | National: Several states and one city have new laws that employers must comply with regarding the management of workplace drug and alcohol screenings.
January |National: Truck drivers soon could face oral fluid testing for controlled substances under a new directive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
January |Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court determined that when a statute provides for civil remedies, those remedies are exclusive and an employer’s risk will not include emotional stress or punitive damage.
February | Ohio: A bill has been passed that would prohibit the use of synthetic urine to defraud a drug test.
February | Alabama: A federal court in Alabama held that an employer’s request to count an employee’s prescription medication supported the employee’s claim for invasion of privacy.
February | Iowa: Amendments made in 2017 to the Iowa workers’ compensation statute have led to questions about drug testing employees who have been injured on the job.
March | National: The DOT ODAPC published a notice concerning the use of hemp and CBD products by safety-sensitive employees regulated by DOT’s agencies.
March | Oklahoma: A federal appeals court upheld the termination of an employee who tested positive for amphetamines on a random drug test even though he claimed it was from OTC drug use.
March | New Jersey: The Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a plaintiff’s lawsuit could proceed, finding that using medical marijuana outside of work could be considered reasonable accommodation.
March | National: Guidance has been issued relating to drug testing concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic that states truckers are required to drug test employees for several purposes.
March | Iowa: The Court of Appeals issued two decisions relating to the state’s drug testing statutes, which place the burden on the employer to show strict compliance.
March | National: This quiz reveals how much you know about alcohol use and abuse in the workplace.
April | National: New data released by the DOT indicates that thousands of truck drivers could have already failed a drug test while remaining employed and operating commercial vehicles.
April | National: The FMCSA has issued guidance to address potential disruptions to mandated drug and alcohol testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May |Oregon: Despite a lack of state-mandated legal guidance, many companies are making quiet efforts to relax their drug testing policies.
May |National: Efforts have been doubled to ensure employers in the trucking industry are ensuring their drivers’ drug and alcohol compliance.
May |National: The U.S. DOT’s FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking that addresses individuals prohibited from driving a commercial motor vehicle as identified by the FMCSA’s Clearinghouse.
May |United Kingdom: A test has been developed that takes less than two minutes and can detect a trace of cocaine on human skin.
May |National: The annual minimum percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for truck drivers has been increased to 50 percent for the average number of driver positions.
May | National: A new bill would allow the DOT to authorize hair testing instead of urinalysis to test drivers for drug use, but critics say it could be unfair for specific groups of people.
June | National: Employers are continuing to explore options for drug screening in response to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
June | National: Employers who wish to take advantage of an extended 90-day waiver period recently announced by the DOT’s FMCSA must ensure three things.
July | National: A directive from the U.S. Department of Human Services will allow federal agencies to collect and test an oral fluid specimen as part of their drug testing programs.
July | National: The U.S. DOT’s FMCSA issued a Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
July | National: Statistics released by the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse indicate that 13 percent of drug-testing violations collected during the second half of the year were classified as “refusals” during the pre-employment process.
August | National: Each with unique attributes, employers have adopted three major testing methods in the workplace: urine, hair and oral fluids.
August |National: As a result of the stress causes by COVID-19, employees are turning to both legal and illegal substances to manage anxiety and depression.
September | National: The pandemic has created challenges when it comes to ensuring compliance with workplace drug and alcohol policies.
September | Ohio: The Supreme Court ruled that employees who sign consent forms regarding testing that don’t mention direct observation failed to state a claim for invasion of privacy.
September | Marijuana: A Quest Diagnostics study has revealed that employers saw the highest rate of positive workforce drug test results since 2003, with marijuana topping the charts.
October | National: The Department of HHS has announced that it could establish scientific and technical guidelines for the inclusion of hair specimens in mandatory guidelines.
October | National: The pandemic has caused safety concerns when it comes to workplace drug screening and employers are facing new rules and policies.
October | National: The use of a drug-free workplace policy and program could help discourage the use of drugs and alcohol while employees are working, but it comes with requirements.
October | National: Quest Diagnostics has revealed that the number of workforce positive drug tests in the U.S. hit a 16-year high in 2019.
October | Rhode Island: A Rhode Island lawsuit in which an employee claimed that her employer violated the state’s drug testing law when it terminated her after a first offense will proceed.
November | Washington: An employer’s drug testing protocol requiring direct observation of urine collections did not invade an employee’s privacy and did not constitute a constructive discharge.
November | Indiana: An Indiana federal court dismissed an employee’s claim that his employer did not have the right to request a medical examination after he tested positive for drugs.
November | Pennsylvania: An employee of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority was granted unemployment benefits after testing positive for marijuana for which he had been legally prescribed.
December | National: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reveals 2018 results.
December | Oregon: Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs, leading employers to wonder if they should update drug testing or hiring policies.