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Topic: Drug Testing

Important Update on Federal and Department of Transportation Drug Testing Programs

The “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “Support for Patients and Communities Act”  was signed into law on October 24, 2018 Federal Bill H. R. 6. the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “Support for […]

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Clarification of OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)

On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule that, among other things, amended 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35 to add a provision prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.  See 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv). In the preamble to the final rule and post-promulgation interpretive documents, OSHA discussed how the final […]

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Attention: Employers with Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Compliance Obligations Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019

Attention: Employers with Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Compliance Obligations Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019 Although no Federal Register Notice has been published to date, it has come to our attention that on October 17, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter as attached announcing that effective January […]

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Alert: Marijuana/Cannabis is Now Legal in Canada

As appears on headlines across Canada, as publicized in the United States, and likely in many other countries across the globe, Marijuana is now legal in Canada.  Effective October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-24.5/ legalizes possession and non-medical use of cannabis for adults across Canada. The Act also creates a legal framework to control […]

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Attention: Connecticut Medical Marijuana Order with possible impact(s) for your workplace testing program

By: Josephine Elizabeth Kenney, J.D., MBA –HR Chief Global Compliance Officer First Advantage Review and Update: Order On Cross Motions for Summary Judgment – Connecticut Federal Court District of Connecticut Order Summary for Review: First: What is a Cross Motion for Summary Judgment anyway? Black’s Law Dictionary defines summary judgment as: A judgment granted on […]

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Metrics matter. Here’s why and how you should closely monitor your employment screening program.

Starting a new pre-employment background screening program is a big deal. Whether you’re beginning from scratch or switching providers, it requires a lot of planning, collaboration and effort. Yet, all too often, once the program is up and running, it goes on autopilot until issues arise. A better strategy is to regularly monitor your employment […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace: Balancing the Risk

Trends and best practices for employers committed to a drug-free workplace Marijuana use and testing in the workplace continues to be a controversial issue for employers, as today more than half the country has approved marijuana for medical or recreational use. Yet, at the federal level, it remains illegal. To help employers determine the best path […]

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Maine Department of Labor Publishes Guide to Marijuana in the Workplace

The State of Maine Department of Labor has published a guide on marijuana in the workplace on their Website at  http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/substance_abuse_testing/index.html Page 2 states: • In Maine, marijuana is still on the list of substances for which an employer may test. Testing is only allowed if a company has a drug testing policy that has been […]

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DOT 5 Panel Notice Posted on the ODAPC Site

The following is from: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/DOT_5_Panel_Notice_2018 DOT Drug Testing: After January 1, 2018 – Still a 5-Panel The DOT testing at HHS-certified laboratories is a 5-panel drug test regimen. As of January 1, 2018, the ‘Opiates’ category was renamed ‘Opioids’: Marijuana (THC) Cocaine Amphetamines Opioids Phencyclidine (PCP) Under ‘Opioids’, previously ‘Opiates’, DOT testing will continue to […]

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