Legal Marijuana: The Surprising New Challenge for Employers

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Marijuana laws are changing across the country, and having a surprisingly profound impact on employers – not just in Colorado.

In addition to the existing 24 states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical use and the four states that allow recreational use, 13 states are currently considering legalization measures – eight of which will vote on this matter in November.

Businesses must now determine how to operate in an era when marijuana, still federally illegal as a Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1 drug, is increasingly being legalized at the local and state levels.

Many employers and job seekers aren’t sure where state laws end and federal laws begin. This has created confusion for employers and many lack a coherent policy that covers a multi-state workforce.

Detecting Drug Use in the Workplace: Then and Now

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Today, drug-free workplace initiatives and drug testing programs are commonplace, but are these programs outdated and stuck in the past?

Workplace drug testing began in the 1980s and has been evolving ever since. But many employers haven’t kept up with the changes and have not evolved their programs to address today’s drug screening challenges.

Let’s take a look at drug testing then and now.

Pros and Cons of Various Drug Testing Specimens

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What is the preferred specimen (urine, saliva, hair) for use in a workplace drug testing program? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. The choice depends on a variety of factors including: federal regulations, a company’s level of risk tolerance, desired detection length, costs, and the type of testing required – (pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident […]

Nearly One in Three Truck Drivers Have Sleep Apnea – How to Protect Drivers and Reduce Risk with Sleep Apnea Testing

Nearly One in Three Truck Drivers Have Sleep Apnea – How to Protect Drivers and Reduce Risk with Sleep Apnea Testing

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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, so the person stops breathing repeatedly while sleeping, depriving the brain and body of oxygen. It can result in poor sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness as well as a myriad of potentially severe medical issues. A recent study sponsored […]