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Another Workplace Medical Marijuana Ruling, Another Head-Scratcher for Employers

September 18, 2017

Hawaii, Sept 14, 2017 - An employee that claimed to be a registered user of medical marijuana was fired for testing positive after an injury at work. (Lambdin v. Marriott Resorts Hospitality Corp., 2017 WL4079718 (09/14/2017)). The employee suffered a panic attack at work, was rushed to the hospital...
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Federal Law Does Not Supersede Employee Protections of State Marijuana Laws. First Such Ruling from a Federal Court

September 15, 2017

Dozens of states around the country have introduced and implemented laws authorizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.  This is in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA)(21 USC §812), which still holds that the possession of marijuana is a crime.  These ...
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Join us at NAPBS 2017! Bill Judge to present: The Drug & Alcohol Testing Minefield: Your Roadmap to Success

September 14, 2017

Bill Judge J.D., LL.M. will be presenting at the 2017 NAPBS Conference in Orlando, FL at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Monday 9/18 @10:30 am EST. The presentation is titled "The Drug & Alcohol Testing Minefield: Your Roadmap to Success". See the complete #NAPBS17 Sche...
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Judge's Opinion: The Cost of Non-Compliance

September 08, 2017

Let’s be honest – we are all in this business to make or save money.  Whether you're a TPA, an Employer, a Laboratory, a clinic, or a lawyer, to survive we need to consider the bottom line. But, the ever-evolving and complicated compliance issues we face can undermine our goals.As just one ...
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70 Percent of U.S. Employers Believe They Have Been Impacted By Prescription Drug Abuse

September 07, 2017

A survey conducted by the National Safety Council of 501 U.S. employers with 50 or more workers found that more than 70 percent believed they had been impacted by prescription drug abuse, mainly from worker absenteeism, substance use at work, positive drug tests and decreased performance. Accidents ...
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Cisive and Encompass Compliance Corporation Announce Channel Partnership

August 30, 2017

Cisive will offer the Encompass Risk Shield Compliance service as part of its compliant Drug Screening Solution to its clients who conduct drug testing as part of their background screening process.HOLTSVILLE, NY (PRWEB) AUGUST 30, 2017Cisive and Encompass Compliance Corp. (OTC PINK: ENCC) recently ...
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Train Conductor Held for Drug Testing During Stroke Awarded $2.1M

August 28, 2017

Samuel F. Belcher's colleagues called it in over their radios when his behavior caused delays during a late-night shift: The train conductor was "acting funny," they said, staggering and showing signs of confusion at a Hamlet, North Carolina, station in January 2012.Minutes later, when Belcher was s...
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KB Staffing Settles Disability Discrimination Suit - To Pay $22k

August 28, 2017

Company Agreed to Change its Practices and Compensate Victims of Policy Requiring Unlawful Pre-Offer Health Questionnaire TAMPA, Fla. – KB Staffing LLC, a staffing firm servicing central Florida, will create a class damages fund and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination l...
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Newly Revised CCF Not Yet Approved for use in DOT Drug Testing Program; DOT Requires Use of Old CCF Until Further Notice

August 24, 2017

On August 8, 2017, a newly revised Federal Custody & Control Form (CCF) was approved for use by HHS-regulated employers and service agents. However, DOT-regulated employers and their service agents are not permitted to use the revised CCF for testing under 49 CFR Part 40 because DOT has not yet ...
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HHS Publishes Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF)

August 23, 2017

HHS Publishes Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that their revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  In the ‘terms of cle...
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