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Info to help you maintain a drug-free work environment.

Workplaces

workerscompensation.com
Mon, 2012-04-09

Highlights: Cut your workers' compensation claims liability and costs with an up-to-date drug-free workplace program.

DFBS note: Make sure your DFWP program complies with state regulations, including training requirements, to obtain full protection against a workers' compensation claim when a worker tests positive for drugs.

EHS Today
Wed, 2012-03-28

Highlights: New, more rigorous government drug testing rules with lower cutoffs appear to have led to an increase in positive cocaine and amphetamine testing in the safety-sensitive, or high risk, work force, according to data from Quest diagnostics.

DFBS note: Have you educated your employees about the new cut-off levels, and the health, safety and job risks associated with cocaine and amphetamines?

Los Angeles Times
Sun, 2012-02-12

Highlights: Tips from experts on dealing with a co-worker might have a substance abuse problem.

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

Highlights: ADA limits on medical inquiries may include tests for legal drugs. Practical steps employers with drug testing policies can take to ensure that they don't become the focus of litigation.

DFBS note: An issue of growing concern with the increase in prescription medication abuse in communities and workplaces.

Jackson Lewis
Mon, 2013-03-18

Highlights: Upholding the validity of an employer’s random alcohol testing policy for newer, safety-sensitive employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the employer’s test protocol did not violate the ADA’s general prohibition against unwarranted medical examinations.

DFBS Note: Court strikes down challenge to random testing brought by EEOC.

Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011. The uptick in U.S. general workforce pre-employment data suggests that employers should be mindful of illicit drug use among prospective employees,” said Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. “These findings align with recent news reports citing some employers facing increasing drug positives when recruiting new workers.”

Quest Diagnostics
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011. The uptick in U.S. general workforce pre-employment data suggests that employers should be mindful of illicit drug use among prospective employees. The positivity rate in pre-employment urine drug screening for the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce remained unchanged from 2011 through the first half of 2012.

Huffington Post
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job applicants are testing positively for drugs at rates not seen since 2007, according to data from Quest Diagnostics. Employers are having some difficulty finding employees who can pass a drug test. Marijuana continues to be the drug of choice.

Business Management Daily
Sat, 2013-03-02

Highlights: In a recent decision, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said that employees had two years to file a wrongful termination claim under the state’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA). The court also ruled that wrongful termination is an intentional tort under state law, meaning em­­ployees could possibly seek punitive damages. Because DATWA is one of the nation’s most restrictive workplace drug testing laws, employers based in other states need specific drug testing procedures in place for their Minnesota employees.

Springfield News-Sun
Sun, 2013-01-27

DFBS note: Substance abuse problems among Ohio workers can result in workplace injuries, higher medical costs for their employers, more absenteeism and reduced productivity, according to survey data and experts. Companies that implement drug testing and promote drug-free workplace policies are less likely to have drug users apply for their job openings, experts said. In 2012, 6,300 employers in Ohio participated in the state’s Drug-Free Safety Program.

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