Medical Marijuana Law Addresses Discrimination

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Arizona voters recently approved Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, making Arizona the 15th state, plus the District of Columbia, to legalize medical marijuana.

Like other medical marijuana acts, the law permits patients who suffer from certain debilitating and life-threatening illnesses to possess and use medical marijuana as recommended by their physician and protects the treating physicians from arrest, prosecution and other penalties.

The key differentiator between Arizona’s Act and most other medical marijuana acts is the employment discrimination provisions.

DOT Publishes CY 2011 Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Rates

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The Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) has published the random drug and alcohol test rates for calendar year 2011. The chart below outlines the annual minimum drug and alcohol random testing rates established within Department of Transportation (DOT) Agencies and the USCG for 2011.     NOTE: Employers (and C/TPAs) subject […]

Improve CSA 2010 Compliance with an Effective Drug and Health Screening Program

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Many motor carriers today are asking what CSA (Comprehensive Safety Analysis) 2010 means to their organizations. While the fundamental safety requirements for motor carriers and drivers have not altered appreciably under CSA 2010, the method for evaluating and rating how a company meets those requirements has changed dramatically. HireRightHireRight is a leading provider of on-demand […]

FMCSA Clarifies Timing for Ordering the Pre-Employment Screening Report (PSP)

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As part of the CSA 2010 initiative, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was mandated by Congress to provide motor carriers access to driver information contained in their Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) so that it can be used when background screening new applicants. This new program is called the Pre-Employment Screening Program […]

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DOT Issues Position on Medical Marijuana

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.” The DOJ guidance would seem to, at least partially, counter Department of Transportation (DOT) rules concerning the use of marijuana. It is very important that DOT regulated employers understand the DOT’s […]