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Employers Re-Imagine How They Conduct Drug Testing

Changes involving the drug testing screening world involve the legalization of marijuana, employee protections for employees who use marijuana, increased use of remote employees, cheating on drug tests and use of alternate test methods. While most of the changes involve marijuana laws, some cities are even taking steps to decriminalize hard drugs such as cocaine, […]

There is a Shortage of Collection Cups. Here is How It Impacts Your Drug Testing Program

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is facing a challenge as a nationwide plastics shortage means drug testing facilities don’t have enough collection cups. The shortage is the result of the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) and labor shortages caused by Covid, as well as the winter storm that hit Texas in February, which […]

Philadelphia’s Restrictions on Pre-Employment Marijuana Tests Become Effective January 1, 2022

Beginning January 1, 2022, the majority of employers in Philadelphia will be prohibited from requiring prospective employees to undergo testing for the presence of marijuana as a condition of employment. New York City and Nevada have similar laws in place and others are expected to follow. Exceptions apply to individuals applying to work in law […]

Cannabis: A Primer for New York Employers

Passed in March 2021, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) legalizes adult-use (recreational) cannabis in New York State and establishes an Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) governed by the Cannabis Control Board. The Act makes changes to the Labor Law and generally prohibits adverse actions against employees who engage in off-site, recreational cannabis use. […]

Baltimore: City Officials Move to Abolish Pre-Employment Drug Screens for Many Public Employees

City officials in Baltimore have approved municipal provisions that suspend pre-employment drug screenings for public employees in non-safety sensitive positions. Testing will still apply for “positions of trust,” such as those involving children, the safety of others, money or sensitive materials. Similar policies have been enacted in other cities, such as Atlanta, Kansas City and […]

Philly to Ban Use of Positive Marijuana Test for Employment Decisions

Philadelphia has officially banned employers from taking adverse action against job applicants who test positive for marijuana. The move closely follows the state of Nevada, which prohibits employers from taking adverse action against job applicants who test positive for marijuana, and New York City, where employers are barred from requiring applicants to submit to testing […]

Cannabis Reform: Many Steps Forward and Few Steps Back

In 2021 alone, five states legalized recreational cannabis through legislative efforts; one state legalized medical cannabis use; two states had recreational legislation succeed in either the house or the senate, but not both chambers, and will revisit in 2022; two state supreme courts reversed successful 2020 ballot initiatives; and three United States senators introduced a […]

New York State Department of Labor Issues Guidance Concerning Employee Cannabis Use

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has published guidance to employers concerning “Adult-Use Cannabis and the Workplace.” The guidance covers ground already established by New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), reinforcing that an employer may take appropriate action against an employee who “manifests specific articulable symptoms” of being under the influence […]

Cannabis Legalization and its Impact on the Transportation Industry

The medicinal and recreational legalization of marijuana continues to be on the rise across the United States. The majority of states have enacted laws that permit patients suffering from debilitating illnesses to access and use medical cannabis and 19 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, have legalized recreational cannabis consumption. Along with the […]

Opioid Overdose Deaths on the Rise Among Black Americans

Research conducted as part of the HEALing Communities Study has revealed that opioid overdose deaths increased 38 percent among non-Hispanic Black Americans from 2018 to 2019, remaining the same among other race and ethnicity groups. According to Nora D. Volkow, M.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse Director, structural racism has a huge effect on health […]


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