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Increase in Positive Drug Tests for the First Time in 10 Years

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Drug test positivity rates increased in the workforce for the first time in 10 years, substantially due to a rise in marijuana and amphetamine-related positive results, according to a recent study by Quest Diagnostics. After years of declining rates, this increase poses a real concern for employers tasked with maintaining a drug-free workplace. These results […]

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How Are Employers Addressing Medical Marijuana Laws?

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With the recent passage of multiple state laws legalizing the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, many employers are trying to figure out how to address it in their Drug Free Workplace Policies, if at all. While marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, it has […]

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Top 10 Most Creative Reasons for FAILED Drug Tests

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For employers, drug and alcohol testing is an important part of employment screening both before and after hire. Fifty eight percent of the respondents surveyed in HireRight’s 2014 Annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Report indicated that their organization conducted drug and/or alcohol screening, and this number jumped to 62% for respondents with organizations of more than 4,000 […]

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Employers Concerned About Shift in U.S. Drug Use Rates

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While the share of workers who test positive for illegal drug use has dropped significantly since 1998, the rate of workers testing positive for prescription drugs has skyrocketed. Quest Diagnostics, a leading drug testing laboratory network, reviewed more than 125 million urine tests administered since 1988. Seventy-five percent of drug tests were conducted for pre-employment […]

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2014 Initiatives that Impact Transportation Background Screening

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There are a number of new legislative and regulatory changes on the horizon for driver qualifications requirements in 2014. These initiatives are the beginning stages in developing a groundwork for a more robust and comprehensive reporting infrastructure at the state and federal level. Medical Certifications on MVRs By the end of January 2014, all commercial […]

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Three Challenges Modern Trucking Companies Encounter with Drug Testing Programs

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The economic landscape for trucking companies is difficult – profit margins are under pressure, the competition is fierce and a better safety record can translate into a significant competitive advantage. For these reasons, your company should sharpen its focus on drug testing programs. In the process, a key question to consider: How can carriers refine […]