You Have Your CDL; Now What?

Congratulations! You have joined drivers across the nation who have chosen commercial driving as their profession. You passed your course and the driving test, so you’re ready to start driving, right? Not quite. There are still some tests you’ll need to pass before you get behind the wheel of a big rig. One of those tests is a DOT physical to ensure that you’re healthy enough to hit the road.  Continue reading “You Have Your CDL; Now What?” »

Increased Rates of U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs

 

Past data taken from millions of workplace-related drug tests show that U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use is now at its highest level in a decade.

Detection of illicit drugs— ranging from marijuana to heroin to methamphetamine—increased both for the general workforce and the “safety-sensitive” workforce, which includes those operating large pieces of machinery such as truck drivers, pilots, subway engineers, ship captains, and other transportation workers. Continue reading “Increased Rates of U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs” »

DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized

Last fall, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling on the proposed rules to include opioids in their drug testing panel for safety-sensitive employees. The proposal went into effect on January 1st of this year. What does this mean for employees who must abide by DOT regulations?  Continue reading “DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized” »

DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs

 

A more intense DOT testing process began earlier this year. On January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel that includes marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates, drivers also started being tested for four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone.  Continue reading “DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs” »

Understanding the Drug-Free Workplace Act and Who it Affects

As a business owner, you may feel that you don’t need to worry about employee’s using drugs in the workplace. Small business owners don’t often think that their employees would use drugs or that their new hires would come with baggage.

Businesses that don’t have drug-free workplace programs attract workers who are most likely to abuse the owner’s trust and use drugs and alcohol. Studies have shown that 44% of full-time employed drug users and 36% of heavy drinkers work for businesses with less than 25 employees, while 43% of drug users and 47% of heavy drinkers work for companies that have between 25 and 500 employees. These statistics should encourage you to have a drug-free program in place if one doesn’t already exist. But did you know that some workplaces are required to have a drug-free program?

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Employers: Be on the Look Out for Fake Urine

Synthetic urine? Are we crazy? Unfortunately not. This time last year, the Kansas City Star published a piece about synthetic urine being sold in the KC metro area. This synthetic urine is meant to help employees cheat required workplace drug tests, but this pee isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Continue reading “Employers: Be on the Look Out for Fake Urine” »

Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace

Absenteeism is commonly defined as the regular or intermittent absence from work which may either be habitual or intentional. This phenomenon can be a major problem for any company or business. Although every employer knows that employees will miss a certain number of work days, excessive absenteeism at work is a major issue. Continue reading “Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace” »

Drug Testing Practices for Multi-State Employers

 

Multi-state companies with pre-employment and current employment drug-testing policies must make sure that they are complying with the various state laws that apply. However, every state is different. Some states use different definitions for terms like “reasonable suspicion,” as well as require different steps employers must follow after a worker tests positive for illegal drugs. Continue reading “Drug Testing Practices for Multi-State Employers” »

Company Car Policies: Liability, Insurance, and Substance Use

Many businesses commonly use a company care to make their employees’ lives simpler. These programs, however, can also cause issues for business owners. Providing employees with company cars is a double-edged sword. Employees may abuse the perks by using the cars for personal errands and everyday use.

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What Do Drug-Free Workplace Incentives Look Like?

Drug-free offices are a great way to boost your company. Drug-free programs offer advantages like better productivity, fewer call-outs, lower health care premiums, and fewer safety concerns. Were you aware that maintaining a drug-free workplace can also bring financial incentives? Continue reading “What Do Drug-Free Workplace Incentives Look Like?” »