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” »

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 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?” »

How a Cotinine Test Can Help Your Company Save Money

You’ve probably heard that drug and alcohol testing can save your business money. But did you know that drugs and alcohol aren’t the only substances that can have a negative impact on your office? Though it’s a legal substance, tobacco can have a bad effect on your workplace. With a cotinine test, you can save your company some of the costs associated with hiring a smoker.

Here’s what you need to know about nicotine testing in your workplace.

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Should You Require Seasonal Employees to Take a Drug Test?

There is seasonal employment to be found every summer in Kansas City. There are amusement park jobs at Worlds of Fun, counselor positions at the dozens of day-camps in the metro area, and lifeguard positions at neighborhood pools. If you’re out and about with your family this summer, you’re encountering seasonal employees. Have you ever considered whether these staff members have been adequately drug-screened for their position?

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K2 in the Workplace Goes Undetected

Many employers and court officers require routine drug testing to ensure that employees are staying drug-free and healthy. However, one drug has become increasingly common over the past few years and it’s flying under the radar. K2 synthetic marijuana is not usually detected on a traditional drug test. Test Smartly Labs explains why: Continue reading “K2 in the Workplace Goes Undetected” »