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Can Employers Test for Prescription Drugs?

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Many of today’s employers are concerned with the impact of prescription drugs on the workplace. After all, the use and abuse of prescription medications, like illicit drugs, can sometimes have negative effects on the workplace: increasing the potential for on-the-job accidents, impacting job performance, and providing a stronger impetus for workplace theft. In some cases, […]

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Do Employee Protections for Marijuana Use Exist Under the Law?

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Many employers in the United States are struggling to respond to an ever-changing legal framework surrounding marijuana use. As more state populations and legislatures consider and approve the medical—and, in the case of Colorado and Washington, the recreational—use of marijuana, the fundamental question for many organizations is: do we need to accommodate our employees’ ability […]

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Recent FMCSA Guidelines Clarification May Surprise Many Operators

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At a recent Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) annual drug and alcohol screening conference, Jim Keenan,an industry expert and former program administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an interesting interpretation of the current rules of the FMCSA as they pertain to the use of prescription drugs by drivers. Currently, many FMCSA-regulated organizations […]

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Employers Continue to Realize the Importance of Drug Testing

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Drug and alcohol testing continue to be a critical part of the hiring process for most employers, as found by HireRight’s recently released 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report. For the second year in a row, 78% of the organizations surveyed reported performing drug and alcohol tests on their workforce, an impressive increase from just 69% […]

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4 Steps to an Effective Bus Driver Screening Program

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In recent years, the bus industry has experienced rapid growth as travelers seek cheaper and less burdensome alternatives to auto and air travel. Accompanying this fast rate of growth is a promise from federal agencies to exact more oversight and punish or even close those operators who violate regulations. Key to complying with federal regulations […]

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5 Factors to Look for in a Drug Screening Provider

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According to the 2012 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 78 percent of respondents currently conduct drug testing on some portion of their workforce. In addition, to regulatory requirements, many employers adopt drug screening programs to mitigate the risk of hiring substance users and abusers who pose a risk to their organizations in the forms of […]