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Today, drug-free workplace initiatives and drug testing programs are commonplace, but are these programs outdated and stuck in the past?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