Legal Marijuana: The Surprising New Challenge for Employers

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Marijuana laws are changing across the country, and having a surprisingly profound impact on employers – not just in Colorado.

In addition to the existing 24 states and District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana for medical use and the four states that allow recreational use, 13 states are currently considering legalization measures – eight of which will vote on this matter in November.

Businesses must now determine how to operate in an era when marijuana, still federally illegal as a Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1 drug, is increasingly being legalized at the local and state levels.

Many employers and job seekers aren’t sure where state laws end and federal laws begin. This has created confusion for employers and many lack a coherent policy that covers a multi-state workforce.

Detecting Drug Use in the Workplace: Then and Now

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Today, drug-free workplace initiatives and drug testing programs are commonplace, but are these programs outdated and stuck in the past?

Workplace drug testing began in the 1980s and has been evolving ever since. But many employers haven’t kept up with the changes and have not evolved their programs to address today’s drug screening challenges.

Let’s take a look at drug testing then and now.

Screening Trends and Predictions for 2016

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Making predictions about interesting screening trends for the next year is one of my most fun year-end activities, just marginally less exciting than the plethora of holiday festivities and family gatherings that are about to be unleashed.

With a customer base of tens of thousands of organizations, we at HireRight like to think that we have a fairly keen sense for the trends that are happening in recruiting generally, and background screening in particular.

In 2016, we believe a number of existing screening trends will continue to accelerate:


5 Memorable Excuses for Failing a Drug Test

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“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” –Don Wilder For many employers, one of the most common steps in the process of hiring a candidate is conducting a drug screening. HireRight’s 2015 Annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Report states that two-thirds of companies that responded to our survey perform drug screening, the […]

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So You Want to Address Medical Marijuana in Your Workplace Drug Policy?

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A number of employers are responding to the rapidly changing environment of medical marijuana laws in the United States by engaging in a review of their workplace drug policies. In fact, some of these organizations are considering including provisions in their policy that directly addresses medical (and sometimes recreational) marijuana use by employees. If your […]

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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 […]