Here’s a chilling stat: Almost 10% of workers have admitted to coming to work high.
New OSHA rules; the mouse droppings case; marijuana and workers’ comp. Those are the topics of just 3 of the top 10 posts, by your clicks, in 2013 on Safety News Alert. Here are the top 10 posts:
As the late Casey Kasem used to say, “As the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger.” Here are, according to your clicks, the most popular posts on Safety News Alert in 2014:
With a mix of brand new, evolving and old issues, here are 10 workers’ comp cases from 2016 that show the questions courts have faced in the last 12 months on who gets to participate in the system known as the grand bargain:
New statistics about employee drug use are out, and they show an increase in usage of some drugs. Is it marijuana, cocaine, crack?
Voters in five states approved laws to legalize medical or recreational marijuana on Election Day this year. What does this mean for employers in those states? Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota now have laws approving the use of marijuana in one form or another. Arizona Voters in Arizona passed the Smart and […]
A worker who was part of a tree-trimming crew was injured when he fell out of a tree from a height of eight to ten feet. A urine test in the hospital showed pot use. He applied for workers’ comp benefits. Did his employer have enough evidence to deny comp because marijuana use was a […]
Medical weed use and its effect on the workplace continues to be a big safety issue with a changing landscape. So far, medically prescribed weed is approved in 36 states. In addition, 15 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Other states may put the issue in their voters’ hands. However, at […]
Here’s a challenging scenario: A prospective new hire seems perfect for a position in the shipping office, but she is a legal user of medical marijuana. Company policy says employees can use medical marijuana as long as they’re not in a safety-sensitive position, but the policy fails to clarify what such a job is. What would […]
In a state where medical marijuana is legal, a recent court decision has reinforced a previous one regarding pot prescriptions under workers’ comp.
A worker involved in a crash with a workplace vehicle claims his status as a medical marijuana user should exempt him from discipline.
Can an employee sue their employer for terminating or taking other adverse actions against them solely because the employee is a certified medical marijuana user? The answer is yes, according to a federal court in Pennsylvania. On Sept. 25, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found in favor of a terminated employee […]
Does a worker’s medical marijuana license trump a company’s drug policy? A federal court has issued a decision.
A maintenance worker was caught smoking pot on the job. His employer fired him, but an arbitrator said he should get a six-month suspension without pay instead. The employer appealed. At issue before the state’s supreme court: Is this worker’s job “safety sensitive”?
One reason for a drug-free workplace policy is employee safety. But how do the growing number of state medical marijuana laws factor into this?
Another state supreme court has weighed in on whether workers’ compensation insurance has to pay for medical marijuana. Despite its ruling, the court writes that aspects of this issue aren’t entirely clear. Daniel Wright suffered work-related injuries in 2010 and 2012. He sought $24,267 from workers’ comp for medical marijuana to treat chronic pain from […]
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