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

Drug-free workplaces
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.

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.

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.

Risk and Insurance
Tue, 2012-07-03

Highlights: The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas granted summary judgment to an employer on an operator's claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. According to this court, the ADA's definition of an employee with a disability does not include an individual engaging in the illegal misuse of prescription painkillers.

Thu, 2012-04-05

Highlights: A new study suggests that supervisors who demonstrate they can identify workplace substance abuse are more likely to have an impact on preventing or putting a stop to this dangerous behavior. It's only when employees think their supervisor knows how to detect substance use and is willing to do something about it that employees' drinking and drug use on the job decreases.

DFBS note: What better argument for providing reasonable suspicion training for your supervisors?

The Partnership at
Fri, 2011-08-26

Highlights: A new law allows school bus companies with a reasonable suspicion that one of its drivers is under the influence of drugs or alcohol to require testing before the driver can resume operating a school bus.

DFBS note: Sounds like a pretty good idea to us.

Smart Business
Tue, 2010-06-01

Highlights: The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is 'sunsetting' the Drug Free Workplace program. Employers that were participating in that program will have the option to switch to the Drug Free Safety Program.

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