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Webinar Recording: Returning Employees to Work Safely

It’s 2021, and we are still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more businesses reopen and some companies transition from remote to on-site workplaces, it’s natural for many people to feel concerned about encountering the coronavirus at...

Marijuana Mayhem: New Developments

It is getting to the point where AccuSource may need to start a dedicated marijuana blog and I am beginning to run out of clever marijuana-related titles. First up, employers impacted by Philadelphia laws need to take note of new drug testing...

FMCSA Raises Random Drug Testing Rate For 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented another change in addition to its new Clearinghouse that may impact your drug screening program.

A Change Years in the Making: SAMHSA Approves Oral Fluids Drug Testing


A big change is coming to the world of employment-related drug screening. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) previously allowed only urine drug testing under its guidelines for federally regulated workplaces....

Puff, Puff, Pass: Marijuana Updates

Marijuana has been and will continue to be a huge topic in employment law. While federal law still holds that marijuana is an illegal controlled substance, states and local jurisdictions are legalizing it for medical and recreational use. Some...

New York City Bans Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

The Big Apple makes progressive moves to ease restrictions on the use of marijuana

Marijuana Madness: Recent Laws and Decisions

As more and more states pass laws decriminalizing and even legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, it is not surprising that marijuana continues to be a prevalent topic for lawmakers and courts throughout the country.

2019: No Change to FMCSA Random Testing Rates

As of January 10, 2019, there will be no changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) random drug testing rates. The agency is required to publish its required random testing rates only when they are changing.

Employment Law Compliance Trends: 2018 Year in Review

As the weather gets colder, 2018 is drawing to a close and 2019 is days away. The compliance world was busy this past year. AccuSource discussed 2018’s biggest compliance topics in its annual webinar, but here is a summary of those items in case...

Effect of Marijuana Laws on Employers Foggy Despite Court Guidance

Courts at the state level have been addressing the conflict between federal and state law concerning the use of marijuana. While numerous states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, federal law still classifies marijuana as...

Best Practices to Support a Drug-free Workplace

As the opioid epidemic sweeps the nation and illicit drug use in the United States and beyond continues to increase, it is more important than ever for employers to ensure their organization's policies and practices foster a safe, drug-free...

The Green Rush: Medical & Recreational Marijuana Legislation in the US

Medical Marijuana is Legal in 30 States, Recreational Use is Legal in 9 States; All Use Remains Illegal Federally


Update 08/03/18: California Lawmakers Seek to Protect Medical Marijuana Users From Discrimination in the Workplace.


New Rules for Department of Transportation Drug Testing

DOT Expands the 5-Panel Drug Test to Include Schedule II Opioid Drugs

In a rule published in the Federal Register on November, 13 2017, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced it has expanded the standard 5 panel DOT drug test to...

Maine Employers Can No Longer Test Applicants for Marijuana Use

UPDATE: Emergency Legislation Replaces Flawed Maine Recreational Marijuana Use Law

June 7, 2018 - The original Maine law referenced below in a blog post from February 9, 2018 has been the subject of controversy for its apparent ban on employers...

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Ruling is First of Its Kind

In 2014, Cristina Barbuto of Brewster, Massachusetts, accepted a position with Advantage Sales and Marketing. After only one day of employment, the company terminated Barbuto upon receiving her marijuana-positive drug test results. Barbuto, who...

Legal Experts Weigh In on Random Drug Testing in California

In the State of California, there are many common understandings held by its residents – certain regions almost always experience droughts, avocados are relatively expensive (despite being a major crop), the recreational and medicinal use of...

Why Do People Think Drug Testing In The Workplace Is A Good Idea?

Many companies have employment drug screen policies in place to ensure their new hires are not using illegal drugs.

Employment drug screening is one of the benchmarks used to determine whether or not an applicant is a good fit for the company.


5 problems with employee drug test programs

Modern employers face interesting challenges in trying to enforce drug testing regulations for their employees.

Warning: You’re Losing Money by Not Using Pre-employment Drug Testing

With the controversy surrounding legalized marijuana use on states such as Colorado and Washington, employers who conduct pre-employment drug testing may be wondering whether the practice should fall by the wayside. In fact, companies that...
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