Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

May 25, 2016 0

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left. That story still circulates within the business community of this historic port city. But the problem has gotten worse. All over the country, employers say they see […]

SHRM poll reveals half of employers conduct drug tests on final job candidates

March 7, 2016 0

More than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates, while only 29 percent do not conduct drug tests on any job candidates, according to a poll released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in collaboration with and commissioned by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). Most employers who use tests on job candidates have done so for seven years or more (69 percent), and 12 percent […]

White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to County Task Force to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Lake County

September 29, 2015 0

Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Prevention Among Youth Washington D.C. – Today, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million.  The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.  The Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force from Lake County, Illinois was one of the grant recipients and will […]

Why Medical Marijuana Can Still Get You Fired in Illinois

September 4, 2015 0

Although the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act prohibits employers from discriminating against a marijuana patient, the act permits companies to drug test, enforce zero-tolerance policies, and discipline qualifying patients for violations. The Illinois law does not protect patients from being fired for failing a drug test. Employers can accommodate a worker’s medical marijuana use, but they are not required to do so. The Illinois Human Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities […]

Employers Can Fire Medical Marijuana Patients for Private, Off-Duty Use, Colo. Supreme Court Rules

June 26, 2015 0

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled employers can fire workers for using medical marijuana, even if they are not impaired at work. A quadriplegic medical marijuana patient was fired by Dish Network in 2010 for using the drug at home and off duty, which is not protected under the state’s “lawful activities statute.” He tested positive for THC during a random employee drug test. The court ruled the term “lawful” refers only to activities that are […]

Employers Debate Whether to Allow E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

January 23, 2014 0

Companies are struggling with the question of whether to allow employees to use e-cigarettes in the workplace, according to The Wall Street Journal. Employers want to encourage workers to quit smoking regular cigarettes, but are unsure about the benefits of letting employees use e-cigarettes, or “vape,” in the office. Major corporations are taking a variety of approaches to e-cigarettes. Exxon Mobil allows vaping in smoking areas. CVS Caremark does not allow employees to use regular […]

Marijuana & Public Health

May 28, 2013 0

This is from the excellent site SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) on the reality we face with public health surrounding marijuana legalization. Health Issues at a Glance Science has learned more about marijuana in the past 20 years than in the preceding two centuries. Ironically, however, there has been a major disconnection between the scientific knowledge gained and the public’s understanding of the drug. People often refer to their own experiences with marijuana, rather than […]

Holiday Reminder– Don’t Drink and Drive

November 21, 2012 0

As we kick off the holidays with Thanksgiving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is reminding adults to plan ahead for a safe way home if they’re planning to drink alcohol during the season’s festivities. Data show that the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day includes some of the most dangerous days for drunk driving deaths, and the numbers are getting worse in recent years — as annual drunk driving deaths have decreased, there […]