Should Companies Allow Vaping in the Workplace?

young man vaping from an e-cigarette at his workplace

Just twenty years ago, cigarettes were still legal indoors and it was almost a requirement in corporate America in preceding eras. Now, workplaces have no-smoking policies or designated outdoor smoking areas. In recent years, using a vapor pen in the workplace has been the solution to this problem. The question now is whether they are really safe and whether employees can be trusted to use them responsibly? Continue reading “Should Companies Allow Vaping in the Workplace?” »

Instant Drug Tests: Not as Handy as They Seem

As an employer, you likely seek out solutions that combine time and cost-efficiency, plus convenience. It’s also key to make sure that all of your internal processes follow applicable laws — especially when it comes to your workplace drug testing.

If you have a drug testing program in place, you’ve probably heard of instant drug tests that seem ideal for pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and random drug testing. But did you know that instant tests actually run the risk of weeding out people who are not abusing drugs?

At Test Smartly Labs, we advocate the use of instant drug tests as screening tools to be used in conjunction with further testing when necessary. Here’s why we see instant drug tests as instant drug screens.

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Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace

California, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, and 26 other states and D.C. have passed marijuana legalization laws in some form. With other states and more expansive laws sure to come, how are employers going to test for and handle employees using marijuana? Continue reading “Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace” »

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” »

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?” »

Protect Your Fleet from Accidents Caused by Marijuana

As more and more states move to legalize medical marijuana, with some even progressing towards legalizing recreational use, concerns about the safety of marijuana use continue to surface. One study found that marijuana use was linked to brain abnormalities in brain regions responsible for emotion and motivation. Research from Columbia University has shown that marijuana is beginning to contribute to more traffic deaths than in years previous.

We’ve delved into the research and what your company can do to protect against drugged driving.

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The Anatomy of a Drug Test

Have you ever thought long and hard about how a drug test works? Isn’t it strange that we can eat or inhale a substance that will later show up in your urine? It seems confusing until you understand the literal chemistry behind drug use, particularly marijuana:  Continue reading “The Anatomy of a Drug Test” »

Does Legalized Marijuana Effect Workplace Policies?

In short, not much. This may sound surprising but employees working in states that have legalized recreational marijuana use still subject to prosecution under federal law. Continue reading “Does Legalized Marijuana Effect Workplace Policies?” »