Drug Testing

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Consistent Enforcement of Drug Policies Key to Avoiding Disparate Treatment Claims

Following termination stemming from a positive drug test for marijuana, a Native American female, appearing pro se, filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Mohave County’s Public Works Department. She alleged...more

Watch Out For OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Injury Reporting Procedure

A little known subsection of a new OSHA regulation can significantly impact, and may require changes to: 1) employer post-accident drug testing programs, 2) employer policies about employee injury reporting, and 3) employer...more

DEA Rejects Petitions Seeking to Reschedule Marijuana

The long-awaited decision maintains the illegal status of marijuana under federal law. On August 12, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), despite much speculation to the contrary, published in the Federal Register its...more

Xerox State Healthcare, LLC Will Pay $35,000 To Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Healthcare Company Denied Applicant an Accommodation for Pre-Employment Drug Testing, Federal Agency Charged - CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Xerox State Healthcare, LLC ("Xerox Healthcare"), a healthcare company that offers...more

New OSHA Rule Restricts Post-Accident Drug Testing -- Enforcement Begins November 1, 2016

Federal law has traditionally imposed very few limitations or requirements on drug testing of employees. That changes on August 10, 2016, when a new reporting rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...more

Will Post-Accident Drug Testing Still Be Allowed Under New OSHA Rules?

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its May 2016 Electronic Recordkeeping Rule, most employers focused on the Rule’s increased reporting requirements and the imminent public posting of...more

Employers: August 10th Deadline to Comply with Updated OSHA Rule

In May, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. The new rule enhances an employer’s obligation to ensure that employees...more

Compliance Deadline for OSHA Workplace Safety Reporting Anti-Retaliation Regulations Extended to November 1, 2016

The compliance deadline for OSHA regulations designed to encourage workplace safety reporting and discourage employer retaliation has been extended from August 10 to November 1, 2016. The delay follows a legal challenge to...more

OSHA U.S. Steel Settlement Adopts Reporting Rules Anti-Retaliation Provisions

In May of this year, OSHA announced a final rule which requires electronic reporting and public disclosure of companies' injury data, and also, a provision that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers or...more

OSHA overreach on workplace drug testing

Responsible employers routinely test employees for the use of illegal drugs. Testing promotes safety, controls workers’ compensation costs and promotes compliance with federal regulations. Oklahoma law gives employers the...more

High Speed Hiring: The Importance of Anti-Discrimination Practices in Online Employment Advertising

There are currently more than 1 billion websites accessible to the world by just the click of a mouse or the swipe of a phone screen. The Internet has become a major part of more than 3 billion active users everyday lives,...more

New OSHA Rule Creates Concern for Employers’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies

As we reported in May 2016, OSHA recently published a rule that phases in new requirements for employers. Certain portions of the rule that protect employees against retaliation for reporting injuries and illnesses are giving...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Portions of New Recordkeeping Rules

In response to employer complaints and a new federal lawsuit, on July 13, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the non-retaliation portions of its new injury and...more

OSHA prohibition on post-accident testing requires immediate action by employers

One of the most common matters that we assist our clients in understanding is the set of legal parameters under which an employer can conduct employee drug and alcohol testing. For a variety of reasons, we encourage employers...more

OSHA's New Rule Impacts the Health Care Industry

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017 requiring healthcare industry employers to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness...more

Medical Marijuana In The Workplace [Video]

In this video podcast, McNees Attorney Denise Elliott discusses medical marijuana’s impact on the workplace....more

New OSHA Rule May Require Employers to Update Drug-Testing Policies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new reporting rule goes into effect August 10, 2016. Although it does not expressly address post-accident drug testing, OSHA’s commentary related to the new rule...more

Employee Training Requirements Lowered for Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Employers

In order to maintain certification as a Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace for purposes of the workers' compensation coverage premium reduction, employers were supposed to have been conducting annual drug-free workplace training...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Reporting Requirements for Drug & Alcohol Testing

As previously reported, OSHA’s latest revisions for covered employers will dramatically impact routine post-accident drug testing programs. The new rules are available for review here, but here’s what you need to know...more

New OSHA Rule Impacts Employer Drug Testing Policies

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its new final rule to "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses." The new rule is meant to prevent employers from...more

OSHA Delays Effective Date of New Anti-Retaliation Rule

OSHA has announced that it will delay the implementation of its new anti-retaliation rule from August 10 to November 1, 2016, in order “to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for...more

Mark Your Calendar! Deadline on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule is Around the Corner

Employers should note the August 10, 2016, deadline for compliance with the anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic recordkeeping and reporting rules. Other...more

OSHA Postpones Its New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Rule in the Face of Scrutiny and a New Lawsuit

Over the past few months, we have published articles related to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) publication of amendments related to its workplace injury and illness...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of its New Anti-Retaliation Provisions until November 1, 2016

There have been significant developments impacting the portions of OSHA’s new work-related injury and illness rule scheduled to become effective on August 10. As our July 7 alert explained, the new requirements include, among...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Injury Reporting Anti-Retaliation Provisions

We recently alerted you to provisions affecting employer drug testing and safety incentive programs contained in the amended OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Standard. Drug testing and safety incentives that OSHA deems to...more

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