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Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance
Wed, 2012-11-28

Highlights: The included chart outlines the annual minimum drug and alcohol random testing rates
established within DOT Agencies and the USCG for 2013.

Employer Law Report
Wed, 2012-02-29

Highlights: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") has published another final rule which takes effect February 29, 2012. This rule addresses the drug use of commercial motor vehicles drivers, and the FMCSA aims to eliminate inconsistencies in at least three areas.

Employer Law Report
Thu, 2011-12-22

Highlights: Under the ADA, employers may not require employees to undergo medical examinations or inquiries unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Unlike tests for illegal drug use, the EEOCs' enforcement guidance considers alcohol tests to be a medical examination under the ADA.

Tue, 2011-12-13

Highlights: Republican Reps. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee want DOT to start a pilot program to study whether the federal government should be able to pluck truckers’ hair to test for drugs. The basic premise: It’s too easy to cheat on a urine test.

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