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Opioids In The Workplace

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

One of the first questions I ask when providing drug and alcohol training to managers, supervisors and employees is “What is the most commonly used illegal drug?” Typically, the response that I get will be alcohol (albeit not...more

"Insider" Edition—Required Referrals and the Stark Law (Part One of Two)

When a hospital is putting together an employment contract with a physician, there are many items for both the hospital and the physician to consider. One question we have seen more and more hospitals ask is whether a...more

Combating Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: A Proactive Approach For Employers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Imagine your employee “Bob” has recently missed a lot work for unexplained reasons. Bob’s coworkers notice that he sometimes “nods off” while working, and his supervisor just reported to you that Bob became enraged while...more

Washington Public Employer Hit with $1.8 Million Judgment for Failing to Accommodate Prescription Drug User

by Littler on

Last month, a Washington federal district court judge ordered an employer to pay a terminated employee a little over $1.8 million in damages for failing to accommodate the employee’s use of opioids that had been prescribed to...more

Tennessee Employers Subject to New Obligations to Report Healthcare Practitioners' Confirmed Drug (but not Alcohol) Tests and Test...

by Littler on

A new Tennessee law, effective July 1, 2017, imposes new reporting requirements on healthcare practitioner (HCP) employers. Under the new reporting law, in certain circumstances, HCP employers must "promptly" report to the...more

Avoiding Diversion: New Tennessee Law Imposes Potential Obligations on Employers When Healthcare Providers Fail Drug Tests

Tennessee lawmakers are cracking down on nurses and other healthcare providers (HCPs) diverting medications for personal use. A law going into effect on July 1, 2017, (yes—next week) puts an obligation on employers of HCPs...more

Scottsdale Car Dealership to Pay $45,000 To Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Bell Lexus and The Berge Group Refused to Hire Woman Because of a Prescription Drug She Took for Her Disability, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - Two Scottsdale, Ariz., companies will pay $45,000 and furnish other relief...more

UPCO Will Pay $106,000 For Disability Discrimination

Company's Improper Use of Pre-Employment Medical Exam Screened Out Qualified Employee, Federal Agency Charged - ST. LOUIS - A Claremore, Okla.-based manufacturer of sucker rods and accessories for the oil and gas...more

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It…Yet

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Do employers have to let employees sleep on the job as a reasonable accommodation for a disability? While far from being decided, a recent federal case in the Southern District of New York addresses the...more

Health Alert (Australia) October 10, 2016

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Commonwealth. High Court 5 October 2016 - Lyons v Queensland [2016] HCA 38 The question in this appeal...more

EEOC Sues Physicians Management Groups For Disability Discrimination

Doctor's Contract Terminated for Taking Prescribed Medications, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Two Atlanta physicians groups, Georgia Hospitalists Group, LLC and ApolloMD Business Services, LLC, violated federal law...more

SDNY Awards Front Pay in Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Retaliation Case

Perez v. Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc., involved a case where Plaintiff Perez drafted a memo to Progenics’ general counsel and his department head, accusing Progenics of committing fraud by publishing a false press release...more

EEOC Sues Owners of Happy Jack’s Casino For Disability Discrimination

Federal Agency Says Owners Rejected Applicant Because She Took Prescription Drugs For Her Medical Condition - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - M.G. Oil Company, which operates Happy Jack's Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota,...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 22, 2016

by DLA Piper on

IN THIS ISSUE: In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 12 February 2016 - Gobus v State of Queensland (Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and...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

Employer Is Liable under the WLAD for Refusing to Hire a Truck Driver for Taking a Prescribed Narcotic

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Just when is an employer required to hire those taking prescription pain medications? In Clipse v. Commercial Driver Services, Inc., the Washington Court of Appeals held that Commercial Driver Services, Inc. was liable under...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 9, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Australia. Fair Work Commission Marr v Western Health [2015] FWC 2970 The Fair Work Commission has held that it was...more

Health Alert (Australia) - April 20, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) - 13 April 2015 - Sarah White v The Local Health Authority & Anor - [2015] NSWC 417 - The New South...more

June 2013: Japan Litigation Update

Amendment to Employment Contract Act Changes Landscape for At-Will Employees. In what may be surprising to those familiar with the U.S. system, at-will contracts in Japan—in which a term of employment is not mentioned—are...more

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