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OSHA Clarifies Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum on October 11, 2018 to clarify its position on workplace incentives and post-accident drug testing, stating specifically that “it does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing.”  This clarification not only eased the restrictive position previously taken by OSHA, it superseded it. …

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AR Takes Employer-Focused Approach to Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

In November of 2016, Arkansas legalized medical marijuana in Initiative 6, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Amendment (MCA). Since then, Arkansas has taken steps that demonstrate the state has an employer-focused approach to marijuana when it comes to the workplace. The MCA allows “qualifying patients” with certain medical conditions to purchase cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries When …

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Medical Marijuana Cases Impacting Employer Rights to Drug-Free Workplace

Recent court cases in Rhode Island and Massachusetts demonstrate that employers need to consider human resource and legal issues surrounding both applicants and employees who use medical marijuana. These cases not only complicate matters for employers who conduct drug testing for drug-free workplaces, but also create difficulty in reconciling their own safety policies with the …

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The Case for Drug Testing in a Challenging Legal Environment

It’s understandable that the overwhelming shift in society toward a more lenient view of drug use can be construed as a sign that you should “get with the times” and abandon the rules that have kept your workplace safe for years. From the “greening” of America through the legalization of marijuana for medicinal or recreational …

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Drug Screening Policies: How to keep your company out of trouble

Can a drug screening policy keep a company out of legal hot water? What should be included in such a policy in order to ensure a company – and its employees – are protected from lawsuits or harm? All human resource policies are created to protect employees and companies from unsafe and discriminatory actions, and …

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Hire Image Guide to Getting Your Drug Testing Program Off to the Right Start

If you’ve been contemplating whether a drug screening program is the right choice for your company, the results of a recent study by Quest Diagnostics may help in your decision making process. Analysis of the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) revealed that the percentage of American workers testing positive for drugs such as marijuana, …

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Electronic Chain of Custody and Control Forms for DOT Drug Testing Approved

On Monday, April 13, 2015, the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), U.S. Department of Transportation published a final rule amending regulations in 49 CFR Part 40 – Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs. The rule allows use of electronic chain of custody and control forms (CCF) for DOT urine drug …

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Understanding Marijuana Classifications: A Brief Summary

Although marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, many states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws allowing the use of the drug for recreational and medical purposes. As of July 2015, eighteen states plus D.C. have decriminalized the possession of marijuana in small amounts for personal use. For employers trying to navigate the murky legal …

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Top 10 Background Screening Predictions for 2015

Criminals found in the workplace, sweeping changes in legislation regarding medical marijuana, high-profile cases of resume fraud, and increased number of class action lawsuits against businesses for non-compliance with employment laws — it’s no wonder so many employers realized the importance of professional background screening in 2014. 

The Critical Nature of Post-Hire Continued Screening

The process of hiring a new employee can be a lengthy and arduous task. It’s no wonder that after combing through hundreds of resumes, conducting dozens of interviews, and asking all the right questions to find the one perfect candidate for the job, human resource professionals breathe a sigh of relief when their background screening …

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