Drug Testing

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Randstad Will Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Temporary Agency Refused Job to Laborer Because She Was in a Medically Supervised Drug Rehabilitation Program, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Baltimore-based temporary labor agency Randstad, US, LP, will pay...more

Federal Court Finds Employee’s Explanation for Failed Drug Test Insufficient to Provide Notice of a Disability

Most employers are well aware that, under state and federal disability laws, an employee with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. What can sometimes be less clear for employers is...more

Employers Secure Another Win In Medical Marijuana Battle: Three Things You Need To Know

Employers started 2016 by claiming another victory in the ongoing battle against medical marijuana in the workplace. On January 7, 2016, a federal court judge in New Mexico dismissed a lawsuit brought by an employee...more

Haze Lifting on Employer's Rights and Medical Marijuana

The fast expansion of the medical marijuana movement has brought with it growing confusion on the line between a workers' rights to take advantage of the rights afforded by these state statutes and an employer's right to...more

DOT Lowers Random Drug Testing Rate to 25 percent for 2016

Last month, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is reducing the minimum percentage of annual random drug tests for commercial motor vehicle drivers from 50 percent...more

Drive Carefully! Mandatory Random Substance Abuse Testing Of Truck Drivers To Be Cut In Half

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it is reducing by half the minimum percentage of drivers who must be randomly tested for controlled substances....more

FMCSA Lowers Random Drug Testing Level to 25 Percent in 2016

On December 21, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is reducing the minimal annual percentage rate for random drug testing for drivers subject to the Department of Transportation’s...more

Does My Company Really Need to Have a Written Policy on Drug and Alcohol Testing?

When counseling a new client, I normally ask if they have a written drug and alcohol testing policy. If the company is fairly large, it normally has such a policy. I do, however, occasionally receive a response from smaller...more

Win Some, Lose Some: Drug Testing Statutes Tricky to Navigate

Connecticut’s drug testing statutes applicable to employers have always been a bit tricky to follow. I covered the basics of these laws back in 2010 (you’ve been reading that long, right?)....more

Recent Decision Provides Case Study on Managing Suspected Alcohol Impairment

If an employer suspects that an employee may be coping with a substance abuse issue, such as alcoholism, what steps can it take to ensure that the employee is not coming to work impaired? A recent federal court case explored...more

It’s the PITs! Employer Guide to Forklift Liability in the Workplace

Take a look around you. There’s a good chance you work at a facility that uses a Powered Industrial Truck (PIT). OSHA defines a PIT as “any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier...more

Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015

Workplace Speech Protections Refined by Connecticut Supreme Court. We don’t generally report on developments that will likely be of more interest to lawyers than clients, but a recent decision from our state’s Supreme...more

EEOC Sues Randstad for Disability Discrimination

Temporary Agency Refused to Hire Laborer Because She Was a Recovering Drug Addict in Medically Supervised Treatment Program, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Baltimore-based temporary labor agency Randstad, US, LP,...more

Millennium Health to Pay $256 million in False Claims Act Settlement

Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing laboratories, has agreed to pay the government $256 million to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Settlement...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

Per Liar Liar, performing background checks on minors can be major issue

Because I’m a lawyer and because my friends know I love movies, people frequently ask me to identify my favorite lawyer-related movies. My personal favorites are My Cousin Vinny, A Few Good Men, and Liar Liar. To the extent...more

Millennium Health and DOJ Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $256 Million

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, announced that Millennium Health (formerly Millennium Laboratories) had agreed to resolve...more

PHMSA Proposes to Expand the Requirements for Pipelines Carrying Hazardous Liquids

The rules would add gathering lines and pipelines in non-HCA areas. On October 13, the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Proposed Rule that would...more

When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?

On June 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal of Alberta released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2015 ABCA 225 (“Stewart”) and clarifying what constitutes discrimination. In Stewart, the employer...more

Zero tolerance – the new standard in the construction industry

In September 2015, the Building Code 2013 was amended to incorporate mandatory drug and alcohol testing for Commonwealth funded construction projects. From 16 October 2015, head contractors must have a comprehensive fitness...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - October 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

Do Your Employees Have the Right to a Union Rep During a Drug Test?

On August 27, 2015, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued Manhattan Beer Distributors, LLC and Joe Garcia Diaz, (29-CA-115694) finding that an employer had unlawfully denied an employee his...more

Xerox State Healthcare, LLC Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Healthcare Company Denied Urine-Based Drug Screening for Applicant with Renal Failure, Federal Agency Charged - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Xerox State Healthcare, LLC ("Xerox Healthcare"), a healthcare company that offers...more

Drug Test Entitles Workers to Union Rep

The NLRB says sending a worker for a drug test is the same as disciplinary action and the worker gets to be accompanied by a Union representative. Manhattan Beer Distribs. LLC, 362 N.L.R.B. No. 192 (August 27, 2015). In this...more

Airline Industry Alert: Court Finds Federal Law Preempts State Drug-Testing Law as Applied to Flight Attendant

In a decision that is good news for airline employers, a federal trial court in Minnesota has held that the state drug-testing statute, which prohibits discharging an employee the first time the employee fails a drug test, is...more

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