DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs

Beginning January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel (that includes marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates), you will also be tested for four semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).  Continue reading “DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs” »

DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling November 10th on the proposed rules to include opioids in their drug testing panel for safety-sensitive employees. Originally proposed nearly a year ago, the ruling is now final and will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Continue reading “DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized” »

DOT Opioid Testing Proposal Final Review

The Trump Administration is finally working on finalizing a proposal to require opioid testing for transportation workers in certain positions. These positions include railroad engineers, pilots, air traffic controllers, truck drivers, and other employees who are subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. Continue reading “DOT Opioid Testing Proposal Final Review” »

Opiates Involved in Fatal Pennsylvania AmTrak Crash

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the opioid crisis came into the public eye more clearly. House Democrats asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to require testing for four prescription opioids in transportation workers, like bus and truck drivers and railroad operators.  Continue reading “Opiates Involved in Fatal Pennsylvania AmTrak Crash” »

Teenage Employees? Celebrate Red Ribbon Week This October

Not only is it important for adult employees to be drug-free, but teen employees as well. This year, the theme of Red Ribbon Week is “Your Future is Key, So Start Drug-Free.” Staying drug-free as a teen and young adult is key to future success in being drug-free as an adult. This is only the beginning of pushing back against America’s drug epidemic. Continue reading “Teenage Employees? Celebrate Red Ribbon Week This October” »

You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC

Synthetic urine that is. On August 3rd, the Kansas City Star published a piece about synthetic urine being sold all around the KC metro area. This synthetic urine is meant to be a cheat for employee drug tests, but this pee isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Continue reading “You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC” »

Drug Testing When You Are a Multi-state Employer

Multi-state employers with drug-testing policies must ensure they are complying with the various state laws that apply. However, every state is different. For example, some states have different definitions of terms like “reasonable suspicion,” as well as different steps employers must follow with after a worker tests positive for illicit drug use. Continue reading “Drug Testing When You Are a Multi-state Employer” »

Drug-Free Workplace Program Eligibility & Incentives

Drug-free workplaces are a great way to boost your business. However, did you also know that maintaining a drug-free workplace can bring financial incentives? Continue reading “Drug-Free Workplace Program Eligibility & Incentives” »

Opiate Addiction and the Workplace

Emergency room deaths by opiate overdose have now surpassed overdoses from cocaine or methamphetamine, combined. This is really saying something, in 2015, two-thirds of the 33,000 drug overdose death toll were opiate-related.  Continue reading “Opiate Addiction and the Workplace” »

What Are the Right Drug Panels For Your Employees?

Your employees could help you great the best business possible, or they could completely bring it down. The cost for replacing a salaried employee is equivalent to six to nine months of their salary. Investing in employees means you need to be sure you are getting what you think you are. There are plenty of factors you should consider when choosing a drug test for your business.  Continue reading “What Are the Right Drug Panels For Your Employees?” »