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How will your drug testing lab handle medical marijuana results?
Now that medical marijuana is legal in Florida, there is a good chance that your company will have an applicant or employee test positive for marijuana, and then present proof that they have a valid registration with the Office of Medical Marijuana. Is that drug test reported as positive or negative by your testing lab? ......
How to Handle an Employee Taking Prescription Narcotics (legally)
Many Americans are addicted to powerful narcotics to treat chronic pain.  According to HHS data, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.  In 2016, the prescribing rate had fallen to the lowest it had been in more than 10 years, but was......
Highlights of the new Florida rules for Medical Marijuana
TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Friday, June 23, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state of Florida.  Lawmakers had been unable to pass the measure in the regular session, so it passed the new law (SB 8A) in a special session.  Before the ink is dry, there are several lawsuits......
Misuse of Prescription Medication Impacts 70% of Businesses
Itasca, IL – This month, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a survey showing that extent of opioid misuse in the United States, that should concern all business owners.  More than 70% of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces.  The NSC states that it is the first......
Florida publishes new rules for Medical Marijuana
Tallahassee – The implementation of the Constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November is moving rapidly.  The Office of Compassionate Use (part of the Florida Department of Health) published a notice of Rule Development on January 17, 2017.  The proposed rule expands the Office of Compassionate Use’s (OCU) regulation o...
Medical Marijuana in Florida: A Summary for Employers and Employees
Tallahassee, FL (January 3, 2017) –  Now that Florida voters have approved Amendment 2, the constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana, there are many changes coming to Florida.  In the next few years, I predict there will be more medical conditions approved, more doctors prescribing, more cannabis use and more approved...
Positive drug test and Workers’ Comp: Can TPD benefits be stopped?
Florida employers with a drug free workplace have the right to terminate an employee that tests positive for illegal drugs.  What happens when the employee tests positive for drugs after a post-accident drug test, and the employee is receiving temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits?  The Florida work comp statute states that “misconduct”...
Confronting a suspected drug using employee
I recently received a question, asking for suggestions on how to confront a suspected drug using employee.  First, I would review all applicable company policies, such as workplace conduct, attendance and drug free workplace policies.  Are there performance issues, work rule violations, attendance problems, behavior at work that is inconsistent w...
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