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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 […]

4 Common Flaws in Employment Drug Testing Programs

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According to the 2011 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 65 percent of respondents conduct pre-employment drug testing. While these employers are taking helpful steps towards creating a safer and more productive workplace, many may have made some common missteps in the development and management of their drug testing program. An inadequate drug testing program could […]

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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, […]

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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 […]