Pre-Employ Blog

Smell of Marijuana on Employee Not Enough to Enforce Drug Testing

Posted by admin on June 17, 2013

A recent incident in which an employee refused a drug test after a supervisor smelled marijuana on the worker's truck has led to interesting insight on current drug testing laws. The worker at the Halifax Streets Department in Nova Scotia, Canada was asked to take the test, but refused to, saying he was a recreational marijuana user and the results would come up positive. There was no evidence of drug use or inability to perform necessary functions, bringing about the question of whether or not the laborer should have to submit to a test purely based on his car's odor.

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Topics: Drug Testing

Pennsylvania School District Agrees on Random Drug Testing

Posted by admin on June 12, 2013

A school district in Pennsylvania recently approved new measures that would extend its existing random drug and alcohol testing policy to cover all employees under the district's jurisdiction, including teachers.

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Topics: Drug Testing, HR Compliance

East St. Louis Employees Fired After Random Drug Tests

Posted by admin on June 11, 2013

A few employees in East St. Louis will be without a job soon after local officials ordered random drug screenings be conducted on city employees. While the vast majority passed their tests, recent events spurred the city to take action and squash any illicit drug use among the city's workforce.

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Topics: Drug Testing, HR Compliance

Healthcare Professionals Advocate Drug Testing Physicians

Posted by admin on May 09, 2013

It's common for employees in safety-sensitive positions to be drug tested. But in terms of an employee's responsibility to protect human life, what's the difference between piloting an aircraft and having your hands intestine-deep during an operation? That's what several healthcare professionals have asked, as a growing number in the industry have called for doctors to submit to regular drug-testing regimens.

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Topics: Drug Testing, HR Compliance

Growing number of states mandate drug testing for unemployment benefits

Posted by admin on May 01, 2013

Two of the most important aspects of employment matters have converged recently, as an increasing number of states have enacted legislation or proposed bills that require individuals seeking unemployment insurance to first pass a drug test before receiving jobless benefits.

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Topics: Drug Testing, HR Compliance, Unemployment