Lawmakers look at opioid abuse’s impact on workforce

For Immediate ReleaseSept. 13, 2019Lawmakers look at opioid abuse’s impact on workforceFRANKFORT –Overcoming Kentucky’s opioid epidemic is a key to addressing the state’s low rate of workforce participation, lawmakers were told during yesterday’s meeting of the General Assembly’s Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee.“I think years ago we would have looked at this (opioid) problem …

Last month, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act

By UpCounsel Employment Attorney Josh GarberLast month, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act, a controversial piece of legislation that would allow private-sector employees to trade overtime pay for compensatory time off, which the employee could use to take time off from work at later date.Although its supporters tout the bill as pro-employee, there …

Medical marijuana patient wins employment discrimination suit in Rhode Island

    By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state’s medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn’t pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and …

Companies need workers — but people keep getting high

By Danielle Paquette May 17 at 1:50 PM Workers at McLane drive forklifts and load hefty boxes into trucks. The grocery supplier, which runs a warehouse in Colorado, needs people who will stay alert — but prospective hires keep failing drug screens. “Some weeks this year, 90 percent of applicants would test positive for something,” …