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 …Continue reading "New York City Ban on Marijuana Drug Testing by Employers Takes Effect in May 2020"
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 …Continue reading "New Jersey Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users May be Protected Under State Law Against Discrimination"
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, …Continue reading "U.S. Workforce Drug Testing Positivity Rate Highest Since 2004"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn States with the highest marijuana positivity rates in employment drug tests do not necessarily contain the cities with the highest marijuana positivity rates, and a city where marijuana is not even legalized for medical or recreational use surprisingly led all cities in marijuana positivity rates, according to data …Continue reading "What U.S. City Has Highest Marijuana Positivity Rate in Drug Tests? The Answer Will Surprise You."
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 17, 2018, a Delaware state court in the case of Chance v. Kraft Heinz Foods Company upheld an employment claim brought by medical marijuana user and confirmed that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not preempt the Delaware Medical Marijuana Act (DMMA).Continue reading "Delaware Court Confirms State Medical Marijuana Law Not Preempted by Federal Law"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Safety Council (NSC) – a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, home, and on the road – analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017 and found that for the first time the lifetime odds of accidentally dying from an …Continue reading "Odds of Dying from Opioid Overdose Greater than Auto Accident in the U.S."
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ shows that the positivity rate for four opioids recently added to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test program was notably higher than the rate observed among more traditional opiates, according to a blog from Quest Diagnostics.Continue reading "Positivity Rate for Opioids Added to DOT Drug Testing Panel Notably Higher than Traditional Opiates"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2018, voters in Oklahoma approved an initiative – State Question 788 (SQ 788) – that will legalize the use of medical marijuana. Oklahoma is now one of 30 states that permit medical marijuana usage in America. However, the use of marijuana for any purpose …Continue reading "Oklahoma Voters Approve Initiative to Legalize Use of Medical Marijuana"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is reminding employers who perform DOT-regulated drug testing on job applicants to use the revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) that was approved in 2017 after June 30, 2018, according to a notice from the DOT. The current CCF …Continue reading "DOT Reminds Employers to Use Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form After June 30"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Drug use by the U.S. workforce remained at its highest level in more than a decade as the positivity rate for drug tests was 4.2 percent in 2017, the same as in 2016 and the highest since 2004, according to analysis of more than 10 million drug …Continue reading "Analysis of Workforce Drug Testing Results Finds Positivity Rate at Highest Level in a Decade"