Why You Need a Professional Company for Your Workplace Drug Testing

Your company’s HR department might help you with many things, but you should leave employment drug testing to the professionals. While internal workplace drug testing may seem like a good idea, you could end up having major issues as time goes on; that’s why you need a professional drug testing company like Test Smartly Labs to conduct your workplace drug testing program.

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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” »

The Rules and Regulations Behind DOT-Approved Restrooms

If you’re in the transportation industry in Kansas City, you probably know all about DOT testing. If you employ individuals to drive your vehicles, you fall under regulations for DOT drug and alcohol testing. This program mandated by the federal government serves to protect drivers, employers, passengers, and passersby. DOT testing involves following strict rules and regulations, with one of those being the restroom in which the urine sample is collected. Continue reading “The Rules and Regulations Behind DOT-Approved Restrooms” »

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” »

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” »

Common Places Employees Hide Their Drugs at Work

Drug users are desperate and creative. They will try to find a way to stash them at work. If you think that your employees are abusing illegal substances, you should be aware that they might try to hide them at your workplace.  As an employer, you’re responsible for maintaining a safe and productive workplace. You should be aware of common hiding spots so that you are prepared in case one of your employees is abusing drugs. Continue reading “Common Places Employees Hide Their Drugs at Work” »

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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Sober Minders Keep New York Executives Away From Drugs

New York executives have assistants to manage their calendar, clean their houses, and handle their finances. Now they can add another person to the payroll. High-powered businesspeople are hiring “sober minders” to help them stay away from drugs and alcohol, as reported by The New York Post.
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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?” »