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 …

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,” …

NORML Forms Multi-State Workplace Drug Testing Coalition

by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator February 14, 2017 The fact that 190 million Americans now live in states where marijuana has been legalized to some degree is raising a number of questions and issues about how to integrate the American workforce and marijuana consumers rights in regards to drug testing. With medical marijuana is …

(OR) Senate Bill 301 may make marijuana drug tests illegal in the workplace

by Kimberly Kolliner Monday, January 30th 2017 MEDFORD, Ore. - Regardless of if it's legal in the state, right now, failing a marijuana drug test could cost you your job. "For us, marijuana is still classified federally as a schedule 1 controlled substance so we do include it in our drug screening," People's Bank Chief …

Legal Marijuana Poses New Problems For Employee Drug Testing

Pot is legal in some form in 28 states, but it remains illegal under federal law By Rachel Emma Silverman Nov. 22, 2016 11:00 a.m. ET 21 COMMENTS A raft of new state marijuana legalization laws presents employers with hazy challenges when it comes to workplace drug testing. Companies that wish to maintain drug-free workplaces …

Employers tightening drug policies since marijuana legalization

"There is what I consider to be a significant number of employers that are saying they wouldn't hire an employee that uses marijuana," said Evren Esen, SHRM's director of survey programs.   Published: Dec 15, 2015, 11:37 am By Bloomberg News With marijuana legalization spreading state-by-state and the U.S. government backing away from aggressive enforcement …