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The Return To Duty Process and the SAP

The Return To Duty Process and the SAP If a DOT-regulated employee fails or refuses a drug or alcohol test, s/he must complete the Return-To-Duty (RTD) process in order to return to safety-sensitive work. Many employers with non-regulated employees follow a similar procedure, but under DOT it’s non-negotiable. The main question we get is whether [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Drug FAQ, Drugs|Comments Off on The Return To Duty Process and the SAP

US DOT expands drug testing panel. Maybe you should too.

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation disrupted the drug testing industry in a powerful and meaningful way. Effective January 1, 2018, the DOT drug test panel will include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone. Some common names for these semi-synthetic opioids include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, Exalgo®.  Generally prescribed for [...]

Zero Tolerance for a Failed Drug Test?

The question of a Zero Tolerance Policy versus a Second Chance Agreement (also called a “Last Chance Agreement”) is a very important consideration when creating your drug-free workplace policy. When someone has a positive drug test you can certainly terminate and move on. Plenty of businesses institute a Zero Tolerance rule. Ideally it would screen [...]

Are you ready for a DOT Audit?

If you have employees that operate Commercial Motor Vehicles* as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation, you may be audited by the DOT. Significant violations can result in fines totaling tens of thousands of dollars. What are they looking for? Among other things, DOT auditors are looking to see whether you are in compliance [...]

HR.BLR.COM: It’s not ‘one size fits all’ in employee drug testing—Every business has different needs.

Article published on HR.BLR.COM, a prestigious web site for Human Resources professionals. "It’s not 'one size fits all' in employee drug testing—Every business has different needs By Tim ThoeleckeMarijuana legalization in many states is catching the attention of Human Resources professionals’ nationwide, and drawing attention to all drug use. Drug use poses a serious threat [...]

Does “negative-dilute” mean he passed the drug test?

Some people try to cheat drug tests. Not most people. Then again, most people don't need to! But many who are worried about it work very hard to game the system. Nearly 10% of all full-time workers in the U.S. are illicit drug users. Yet only 3.8% of pre-employment urine drug tests are positive. Why? [...]

Can POST-ACCIDENT drug testing reduce workers comp claims?

A worker has an accident. Someone may or may not be hurt. Perhaps the incident could have been averted with a decent random testing program, but it’s too late to think about that. Note to self: “Add random testing program to next week’s company meeting agenda.” Now what? Will there be a claim? What's it going [...]

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom?

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom? That’s why we wear seat belts. It’s why we cook our chicken thoroughly. It’s why we watch our blood pressure and cholesterol. And it’s why we create safe workplaces. We want to prevent tragic [...]

We won’t call the cops, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem.

Occasionally, our clients ask if a positive drug test results in trouble with the law. No, we don’t call the police, but that doesn’t mean all is well. Sometimes an individual tests positive for cocaine or some other illegal drug. Are we obligated to turn the person in? Thankfully, no. We’re not trained in law [...]

If your competitors drug test, YOU may be paying for it.

We all have competitors. Some compete for the same customers. Others compete for the same employees. Smart employers pay attention to both. To attract the right employees, you need to offer something compelling: competitive wages, stimulating work environment, benefits, flexibility or whatever your ideal employee might need. Prospective employees know [...]

By |February 26th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment