Marijuana + COVID-19 Concerns in the Workplace: How to Effectively Navigate Drug Testing

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, employers are faced with significant challenges when trying to maintain safe working conditions and administer drug-free workplace initiatives. In some states, cannabis and alcohol sales have hit record highs, as people are trying to find ways to alleviate ongoing stress and anxiety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Is Your Company Ready for California’s New COVID-19 Protection Requirements?

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California tends to be a trendsetter as it pertains to employment law, and in a recent vote, the California Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Board unanimously approved new “Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulations.”  These will go into effect within a few days after approval by California’s Office of Administrative Law. Major Requirements This new regulation really […]

A Look at the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Numbers & How it Relates to Year-End Queries

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a long-needed tool for regulated employers to help them identify drivers who are prohibited from performing safety-sensitive duties based on drug and alcohol program violations or test refusals. The Clearinghouse also helps facilitate drivers who violate these rules to receive the required Substance Abuse […]

What U.S. Employers Should Know About COVID-19 Testing – Part 2

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In Part One of this blog, focused on helping employers understand the multi-faceted strategies needed to reopen workplaces following the pandemic, I mentioned that there are two main types of COVID-19 tests available: diagnostic (tests for current infectivity) and antibody (tests to determine previous infection). As HireRight’s Chief Medical Officer, I receive a lot of […]

What U.S. Employers Should Know About COVID-19 Testing – Part 1

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The marketplace is flooded with information on COVD-19 testing; however, much of that information is technical in nature and difficult to understand. As HireRight’s Chief Medical Officer, I receive a lot of questions from employers about testing. What are the various testing methodologies available in the current market? When can employers conduct testing? How should […]