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” »

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” »

How to Host a Successful Fall Health Fair

If you’re a Kansas City employer, you know what fall means. We’re not just talking about football games and bonfires. Open enrollment is just around the corner. One way to kick off the season is an employee health fair. Health fairs can educate employees on wellness tips and encourage them to take steps toward preventive and/or diagnostic care. If you’re interested in hosting a health fair for your employees, here are a few recommendations: Continue reading “How to Host a Successful Fall Health Fair” »

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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Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace

Procrastination can be the ultimate enemy of your company. When an employee drags their feet on accomplishing a task, it can negatively harm productivity. However, procrastination may be more than just a bad habit. There are several different factors that can lead to procrastination and there are several ways to fix the issue.  Continue reading “Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace” »

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” »

How to Address Absenteeism

Our last post, Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace, noted the causes and consequences of frequent absenteeism in the office. Here are some more tips for you if you’re trying to monitor the absentee rates at your workplace. We’ll also share some advice for handling absent employees. Continue reading “How to Address Absenteeism” »

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” »

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” »