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?” »

Should Your Workplace Have a Happy Hour?

A rising number of companies are developing a relaxed company culture which includes some sort of after-work drinking, like a happy hour. However, there is a fine line between encouraging professional social mingling and throwing a free-for-all party.  Continue reading “Should Your Workplace Have a Happy Hour?” »

Worried Your Employees are Using? Learn More about Designer Drugs

Kansas City employers know they need to be on alert for signs of common drugs like marijuana and cocaine. However, there is a different narcotic that employers need to watch out for: designer drugs. Test Smartly Labs will help you navigate the facts of designer drugs. This information will help you be in a better position to protect your workforce.

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What Does the First Cannabis-Based Drug Mean for Employers?

The end of June was accompanied by a groundbreaking decision: the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug. This drug, Epidiolex, is designed to help combat 2 types of epileptic syndromes. These new pharmaceutical developments raise interesting questions and problems for states, like Kansas and Missouri, where marijuana has not been legalized. What does the advancement of cannabis-based medicines mean for employers in the greater Kansas City area?  Continue reading “What Does the First Cannabis-Based Drug Mean for Employers?” »