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4 Best Practices for a Review of Your Workplace Drug Policies

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Many employers have been nearly overwhelmed by the sheer volume of changes they’ve seen in recent years with regards to the laws surrounding drug use in the United States. As more states pass new statutes decriminalizing medical marijuana (and, in the cases of Washington and Colorado, recreational marijuana), employers trying to understand what actions they […]

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The 4 Fundamentals of an Effective Workplace Drug Policy

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To address the numerous changes that have taken place over the last several years regarding drug use in the United States, like new medical marijuana laws at the state level, many employers are taking a close look at their workplace drug policies. Such a review can help ensure that your organization’s drug free workplace policy […]

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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% […]