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Oral Fluid Drug Testing and Virtual, Proctored Solutions – “A Dynamic Duo”

Between 2001 and 2010, the Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB), under the funding and direction of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) began to consider lab-based oral fluid drug testing as a possible addition to the federal workplace drug testing program. Eventually, the DTAB approved oral fluid collection and testing, publishing the […]

Iowa Court of Appeals Identifies Three Reasons to Look at Your Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

An Iowa employer’s drug and alcohol testing obligations do not end with a written policy. The Iowa Court of Appeals recently reviewed an employer’s drug testing policy and procedures, and the findings should serve as a reminder that employers must follow their policy each time they want to test, be aware of procedures related to […]

Impairment in the Workplace – What If ‘Zero Tolerance’ is Insufficient for Prevention?

Many employers have adopted a “zero tolerance” policy on alcohol and drug use in the workplace to prevent accidents and to punish any non-compliance. But recent case law highlights situations in which the “zero tolerance” principle may prove insufficient, with courts recognizing alcohol or drug dependency as a disability under human rights and freedoms legislation. […]

Is Employer Testing for Marijuana Done in California?

With marijuana legal in California for both medical and recreational uses, employers are left to wonder whether employer testing for marijuana is done. But drug testing of applicants and employees is still legal, and the courts have upheld a balance between drug testing because of safety issues and the employer’s reasonable expectation of privacy. Although […]

Employers are Asking About Oral Fluid Drug Testing Options, But Why Now?

Employers are paying more attention to oral fluid testing options and there are three main reasons why. 1. The SAMHSA made it possible for federal employers to choose between oral fluid and urine testing, 2. The DOT issued final regulations that will allow workplace drug testing under DOT-regulated employers to choose lab-based oral fluid as […]

Alcohol Use is Getting Deadlier in the United States

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrates a rising death rate from excessive alcohol. Roughly twice as many men die from excessive alcohol use, but the death rate rose faster among women. The pandemic likely played a part in the increased rate of alcohol-related deaths.


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Intoxicants in the Workplace

Under section 8 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, employers are required to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of employees. This includes ensuring the prevention of improper conduct or behavior that could put employees at risk. Employers are required to identify workplace hazards, complete a risk assessment in […]

What Employers Should Do After Failed Drug Tests?

Failed drug tests can arise from pre-employment screening or random testing during employment, and it is crucial for employers to understand how to effectively manage and respond in a way that ensures legal compliance and a safe and productive workplace. There are several factors that should be considered, including medications or everyday substances that may […]

Police Unveil New Tool to Detect Cannabis-Impaired Driving

A new tool in Minnesota is being tested by some law enforcement officers that will allow them to detect a number of drugs in a driver’s system, including marijuana. With the number of drug-impaired drivers on the rise, the tool is a new way to combat the trend, according to Mike Hanson, director of the […]

Washington: New State Law Takes Effect Barring Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing for Most Employees

In Washington, new legislation prohibits employers from taking adverse actions against new hires because of a failed drug test for marijuana. Pre-employment testing requirements will remain in place for those seeking jobs in certain safety-sensitive positions and it does not impact workplace policies that require current employees to undergo testing for off-the-job cannabis use, or […]


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