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What You Need to Know About Marijuana

Thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form and eight of those states and D.C. have adopted laws legalizing it for recreational use. Regardless of state laws, it is important for employers to strive to maintain a drug-free workplace and forbid the use of marijuana during work hours. Drug policies […]


Using Marijuana is Legal But It Can Still Get You Fired. “Human Resource Professionals in Illinois Will Have Their Hands Full.”

While the state of Illinois has now legalized the use of recreational marijuana, employers are still allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office, show up impaired or fail random drug tests, according to the state’s new law. In addition, companies are able to reject job applicants who don’t pass drug screens, but […]


Pot Law Brings Uncertainty to Employers, Employees

Employers in the state of Illinois are deciding whether to include marijuana in pre-employment drug panels since the legalization of marijuana on the first of the year. Troy Overholt, vice president of occupational health with OSF HealthCare, said the company will no longer include marijuana as part of its pre-employment screening and through a series […]


New York City and New Mexico Protect Employees Who Are Medical Marijuana Users (US)

New York City’s Intro No. 1445-A aims to prohibit pre-employment drug testing for the presence of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols. Further, the law, which does afford certain exemptions, makes it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, labor organization, employment agency, or agent thereof to require a prospective employee “to submit to testing for the presence […]


Illinois Marijuana Legislation Update: Senate Bill Would Protect Employers’ Rights

As part of the full legalization of recreational marijuana, House Bill 0902 creates the Cannabis Legalization Equity Act, which provides details on the possession, consumption, use, display, purchasing, transportation and growth of cannabis, both on one’s own premises and outside one’s premises. In addition, HB0902 also provides an excise tax at the rate of 10 […]


US Workers Are Failing Drug Tests at an Incredible Rate – But Legal Weed Has the Future of These Screenings in Doubt

Although experts are predicting drug testing won’t entirely disappear due to the increased legalization of marijuana, they have said that the scope and type of testing should change. A recent report by Quest Diagnostics revealed that the number of United States workers and job applicants testing positive for drugs hit a 14-year high, with marijuana […]


How to Select the Right Background Screening Provider for your Company

The Perfect Background Check – More Than the Sum of Its Parts A thorough background check includes multiple components, such as fingerprinting and E-verify checks, that enable employers to see a prospective employee from multiple angles. According to HireRight’s 2019 Employment Screening Benchmark Report, criminal/public record searches remain the most popular type of screen, however, […]


What Should I Do If I Suspect an Employee is Taking Drugs?

With 39 states and the District of Columbia enacting some form of marijuana laws, some for medicinal purposes and others for recreational use, employers are left to consider how to properly implement pre-employment drug testing policies. Some parts of the country, such as Nevada and New York City, have banned pre-employment testing for marijuana, while […]


Pre-Employment Screening and the New Marijuana Laws

With 39 states and the District of Columbia enacting some form of marijuana laws, some for medicinal purposes and others for recreational use, employers are left to consider how to properly implement pre-employment drug testing policies. Some parts of the country, such as Nevada and New York City, have banned pre-employment testing for marijuana, while […]


When and How to Drug Test Employees

Regardless of the type of business being run, conducting a workplace drug test can serve as an effective and valuable resource for employers. It is important, however, to keep a few factors in mind: Always test before making a hire, if an employee’s behavior or an incident dictates it, and following an accident on the […]




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