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” »

Enforcing & Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace Policy

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According to The National Federation of Independent Business, 77 percent of illicit drug users in the U.S. are employed. That’s almost 10 million people so, chances are, one of your employees is one of those users. Drug and alcohol abuse is frequently overlooked because once an employee passes a pre-employment drug test it ceases to concern anyone.

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Job Offers Revoked for Prescribed Medications

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Drug tests are routine for new employees and people usually know whether they will pass it or not. A growing number of people are getting job offers revoked because their tests are coming back positive, but given no chance to explain their situation. Continue reading “Job Offers Revoked for Prescribed Medications” »