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The ADA and Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Top 5 Pitfalls for Healthcare Employers

Healthcare employers in the state of Pennsylvania are finding themselves at a perilous intersection due to the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which lists 21 approved health conditions that also are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-qualifying disabilities. The Top 5 Pitfalls for healthcare employers at the crossroads of the ADA and MMA include 1: Vague […]

Gabriela Wolfe on the Legal Implications of Marijuana Use in the Workplace

Despite demonstrating medical benefits for individuals suffering from medical conditions, marijuana remains a Schedule I substance, alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy, under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This federal statute doesn’t specifically address the use of marijuana in the workplace, but under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, many federal contractors and federally funded employers are required […]

Court Upholds Decision to Allow Post-Incident Drug and Alcohol Testing After Near-Miss

In a case of whether ATCO justifiably ordered drug and alcohol testing after a vehicle accident involving two of its employees, the court upheld its decision in favor of the employee, dismissing an application for judicial review of an Arbitration award. One of the employees involved in the accident tested positive for cannabis as part […]

What You Need to Know About Marijuana

In September, Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP, discussed marijuana legalization, one of the most common news topics today. Considered a Schedule I drug since 1970, at the time of her column more than 30 states and the District of Columbia had legalized its use in some form. Attitudes continue to shift since the Controlled Substances Act […]

How does the opioid crisis affect the workplace?

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimated that the total annual economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion, which includes increased healthcare costs, substance abuse treatment, lost productivity, and criminal justice. Download Quest Diagnostic’s new white paper called How the opioid crisis affects the workplace.

Why Drug Testing Saves Companies, Careers and Lives

The benefits of drug testing are numerous, from making companies and communities safer and healthier, to savings in health care costs, lower absenteeism and employer liability claims, and a more productive workforce with an increase in performance and higher quality work. Those who plan to drug test should have a clear, written policy regarding substance […]

Midterm Election 2018 Update: Voters in Three States Approve Marijuana Use

The results of the recent election have confirmed that the legalization of marijuana is well on its way in most states in the country. In fact, one in four Americans now lives in a state where cannabis is fully legal for all adults. Three states recently approved marijuana use, including Michigan, which will permit the […]

The Opioid Crisis in Connecticut: Are Employers Responding Effectively?

The recent New York Times article “Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond” indicates that 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, such as absenteeism, positive drug tests, injuries, accidents and overdoses. In addition, workplace overdose deaths have increased 25 percent or more since […]

Recreational Marijuana: How Ballot Initiative Could Affect the Workplace

Ten years after voters in the state of Michigan decided to legalize medical marijuana, the Nov. 6 election would determine the fate of Proposal 1, which would allow adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes and permit it to be grown and sold in the state. The proposal does not, however, “prevent an employer from […]

Detecting Recent Marijuana Use – Is Oral Fluid Testing the Solution?

With marijuana becoming a legal substance from coast to coast, employers are beginning to question where they stand in terms of drug testing policies. A 2018 Employer Drug Testing Survey from the Current Consulting Group revealed that 67 percent of employers are concerned about marijuana in the workplace and, while no employers in the United […]

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