Drug testing for employment

Positive Drug Tests Surge in the Transportation Industry, but Loopholes Remain

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In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) created stricter drug testing rules for employees of federally regulated employers that include lower cutoff levels for substances like amphetamines and cocaine. At the same time, the DOT added substances like ecstasy and heroin to the required drug testing list for transportation workers in public and […]

CMV Drivers Barred From Using Schedule I Drugs

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised three rules for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to clarify that CMV drivers may not use Schedule I drugs and be qualified to drive CMVs. These become effective on February 29, 2012. The purpose of the changes are to clarify perceived inconsistencies in the FMCSA’s regulations, […]

Pre-employment drug testing

Think the Cost of Drug Testing is Too High? Think Again

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According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 66 percent of substance abusers aged 18 and over are employed. With this knowledge at hand, one would assume that a vast majority of employers use employee drug screening. Surprisingly, more than 40 percent of employers do not conduct pre-employment drug testing, and 64 […]

Drug testing methods

Employers Beware: The Gray Areas in Medical Marijuana Testing

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Medical marijuana has been legalized in more than a dozen states and is being debated in additional state legislatures nationwide. As a result, organizations are becoming exposed to an increasing number of employees and contingent workers that could be under the influence or using medical marijuana while on the job, putting the safety of the […]

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 […]