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Why Random Drug Testing Makes Sense for Healthcare Employers

According to Nina M. French, drug testing expert, conducting random testing can provide continual peace of mind for healthcare employers to ensure patient and staff safety. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an average of 103,000 doctors, nurses, medical technicians and health care aids each year are abusing or […]


Marijuana in the Workplace

How to address and manage marijuana use in the workplace. In recent years, a number of states have legalized medical marijuana, and a growing number now permit recreational marijuana use as well. However, marijuana use remains illegal under federal law. Employees who use marijuana may have increased inattention, increased absenteeism and tardiness, and may be […]


United States: Cannabis and Hemp Update

To date, just about all states have legalized cannabis for medicinal use, with an additional 10 states legalizing the drug recreationally. American support for full legalization continues to be on the rise, according to recent polls, but even though state laws are changing, marijuana remains an illegal substance at the federal level. In fact, possible […]


Weed & Work: As Legalization Spreads, So Does Uncertainty Over Employers’ Duty to Accommodate Marijuana Use

Most states across the country have legalized marijuana in some form, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. With the changing landscape, however, comes uncertainty for employers who should take the time to understand the emerging trend of prohibiting discrimination against employees who require the use of marijuana to alleviate symptoms due to a disability or […]


Adopting a Naloxone in the Workplace Program: What Employers Need to Know

According to statistics, from 1999 to 2017 more than 700,000 people died from a drug overdose – 400,000 of them involving opioids. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published “Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdoses in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers” in 2018. In short, the NIOSH recommends the following […]


To Understand Reasonable Suspicion Drug and Alcohol Testing in California Specifically, You Must First Recognize How California Differs from Other States

In 1972, the California Constitution was amended by the voter initiative and specifically added a right to privacy for all Californians – making it the only state to have such constitutional protection. In 1994, the California Supreme Court concluded that the reasonableness of workplace drug testing must be balanced between the employer’s legitimate interests and […]


Marijuana Laws Are Changing: Here’s What to Consider for Your Workplace

The positivity rate for marijuana in workplace drug testing is reportedly at its highest levels since 2004, demonstrating an increase of about 17 percent since 2014 and nearly 24 percent for federally-mandated drug testing. Although marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, laws have been enacted at the […]


Marijuana Laws and Disability Discrimination: What Employers Need to Know

Although some state laws have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use, the drug remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). A recent federal district court case has added to the confusion for employers who are questioning how the new state laws affect existing drug policies. In Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating […]


Medical Marijuana, Employers, and Drug Policies

Although the use of medical marijuana now is permitted in most states, it still is banned under the Controlled Substance Act. In fact, the Ninth Circuit in James v. City of Costa Mesa (2012) found that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) provides no protections for medical marijuana users. Because Ohio law provides several employer-friendly […]


How Marijuana Laws Affect Workplace Policies for Municipalities in Michigan

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (the “Act”), passed by Michigan voters in November 2018, provides that adults age 21 and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person or up to 10 ounces in their home. Adults can also grow (but not sell) up to 12 plants in […]




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