Employers Benefit From Preventative Health Measures

Return on Investment is one of the most important pieces of a strong business and possibly the biggest ROI concern is employees. Unhealthy employees miss more work, costing companies money. The recommendation is to implement an employee health program to help keep employees healthy and working. Continue reading “Employers Benefit From Preventative Health Measures” »

More Employers Are Now Screening for Opioids

More people are becoming aware of the massive opioid epidemic spreading across the United States. As a direct result, more employers are beginning to test for prescription painkillers in light of the new Department of Transportation opioid testing law. Continue reading “More Employers Are Now Screening for Opioids” »

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” »

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” »

Kansas City Employers Let Down By Failed Drug Tests

While the Kansas City area’s unemployment rate has shrunk to 3.6 percent, there are employers out there that are still begging for employees. Why? Some of the reasons include low pay, uninviting work, or lack of qualifications for the positions. Another big factor is drug testing. Continue reading “Kansas City Employers Let Down By Failed Drug Tests” »

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?” »

Top 3 Seasonal Work Industries That Need Drug Testing

Employers haven’t always put the time and money into drug testing their seasonal workers. However, drug testing is economical and mandatory testing is important for some seasonal workers that assume a higher level of responsibility. There are plenty of businesses that don’t drug test and end up with a fleet of substance abusers, which means safety and productivity go down and you are at a higher risk for liability. Below are some of the top jobs that rely on safe, drug-free seasonal workers. Continue reading “Top 3 Seasonal Work Industries That Need Drug Testing” »