In denying a petition to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cited workplace safety as a factor in its decision.
A worker uses questionable judgment while using heavy equipment. He’s seriously injured, and a test shows he used illegal drugs. The employee applies for workers’ comp. Does he get benefits?
This case shows that some states will hold employers to strict standards when it comes to proving that an employee shouldn’t receive workers’ comp because they were under the influence of marijuana.
Sixteen states now have medical marijuana laws. A Wal-Mart employee, fired after a positive post-injury drug test for marijuana, says his dismissal violated one of those state laws.
Did Kohl’s Department Stores violate its own policy regarding workers who have a medical marijuana license when it fired an employee?
When it comes to employee drug use, there’s good and bad news. The good news: The positive rate for the U.S. workforce has declined 74% from 1988 to 2012, according to Quest Diagnostics figures. The bad news: …
Availability of legal, recreational pot in Washington state is a big change. What hasn’t changed is employers’ ability to test their employees for marijuana use. Even so, employers should check their drug policies in light of the new pot law.
Is it time for your company to go beyond standard employee drug testing? A lawyer says the growing problem of prescription painkiller abuse in the U.S. makes expanded drug testing something companies should consider.
As most states now allow medical marijuana and more are legalizing recreational use, laws and courts are increasingly addressing workplace ramifications.
Voters in two states have approved the legalization of small amounts of recreational marijuana. Also, 17 states and the District of Columbia now allow medical pot. Does this require changes in companies’ workplace drug policies?
Let’s say your company’s drug-free workplace policy bans employees from working under the influence, whether it’s alcohol or drugs. How do new state marijuana laws impact that policy?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bill S854 into law March 31, giving injured workers who use medical marijuana the same protections as those using regular prescription drugs. The bill removes cannabis from the state’s list of controlled substances, gives injured workers who use the drug protections that weren’t included in the state’s 2014 Compassionate […]
Is testing positive for pot enough to disqualify an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits?
It’s not a given that employees who test positive for pot use will have workers’ comp benefits denied. What was the deciding factor in this case?
Judges split 2-1 on whether an employee who was injured at work should receive workers’ comp benefits after testing positive for weed. Which side prevailed?
A worker used an acetylene torch to cut off the top of a barrel which exploded, injuring him. When receiving medical treatment, the worker tested positive for pot. Now he wants workers’ comp. Will he get it?
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