New York City Marijuana Drug Testing Ban Takes Effect May 10, 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 10, 2020, a law passed by the New York City Council – Int. No. 1445-A – will take effect and prohibit employers in New York City from requiring prospective employees to submit to drug testing for the active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), in their …

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FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Identifies Nearly 8,000 Positive Substance Abuse Tests of Commercial Drivers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 21, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released data gathered from its Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and the information showed that the Clearinghouse had detected and identified nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers since it became operational …

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Laws that Mitigate Impact of Positive Workplace Drug Test Results for Marijuana Will Spread in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Some U.S. states and cities that legalized or decriminalized marijuana also passed laws that mitigate the negative impact on job applicants that fail workplace drug testing for marijuana despite the fact the drug is still illegal at the federal level and these laws will spread in 2020, …

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U-Haul to Implement Nicotine-Free Hiring Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 30, 2019, U-Haul International – a moving equipment and storage rental company committed to promoting and empowering a healthy workforce – announced it would be the first major company in its field to implement a nicotine-free hiring policy that will take effect in 21 states …

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MLB Removes Marijuana from Drugs of Abuse List and Will Test for Opioids

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 12, 2019, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced changes to the provisions of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program which include removing marijuana from the Drugs of Abuse list and drug testing for opioids. The MLB …

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FMCSA-Regulated Employers Readying for CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October of 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – an administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) responsible for regulating and providing safety oversight of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) – opened registration for the Congressionally-mandated FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol …

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Nevada Becomes First State to Prohibit Denial of Employment Due to Positive Marijuana Drug Tests

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 5, 2019, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed 60 bills that included Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132) that will prohibit the denial of employment because of the presence of marijuana in a pre-employment drug test taken by a prospective employee except under certain specific circumstances. AB …

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New York City Ban on Marijuana Drug Testing by Employers Takes Effect in May 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed a proposed bill – Introduction No. 1445-A – that prohibited New York City employers from requiring job applicants to submit to drug testing for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, as a condition …

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New Jersey Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users May be Protected Under State Law Against Discrimination

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 27, 2019, a New Jersey appellate court ruled in a lawsuit between a funeral home and a former employee diagnosed with cancer that employers cannot automatically fire medical marijuana users for failing a drug test since they may be protected under the state’s Law Against …

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U.S. Workforce Drug Testing Positivity Rate Highest Since 2004

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The drug testing positivity rate for the U.S. workforce hit a fourteen-year high in 2018, increasing nearly five percent in urine drug tests – 4.4 percent in 2018 versus 4.2 percent in 2017 – and climbing to the highest level since the 4.5 percent attained in 2004, …

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