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‘Vaping’ Decision Up in the Air, but Some Fuming About Potential e-Cigarette Regulation

October 29, 2014
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As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow, there’s still no definitive ruling on the safety and proper regulation of the tobacco-free alternative. It’s up to employers to fill in the gaps.


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Drinking and Driving Out Workers

October 2, 2014
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The ADA protects “alcoholism” as a disability, but there is a difference between alcoholism and being drunk at work, which the ADA absolutely does not protect.
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Painkiller Addiction: An ‘Equal Opportunity Destroyer’

September 29, 2014
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An injured worker with a painkiller addiction not only represents a health and safety concern for that individual, but also presents potential liabilities for the employer.
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The ADA and Employer Inquiries About Prescription Drugs

August 28, 2014
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Surprisingly, the ADA is silent on these issues. But the 6th Circuit federal court attempted to give us some answers.
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The Hazy Issue of Marijuana in the Workplace

June 30, 2014
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Even with legalized pot laws on the books in 20 states, it’s still unclear how medical and recreational marijuana fits into workplace drug and alcohol policies.
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Medical Marijuana and the Americans With Disabilities Act

December 9, 2013
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The handling of employees taking legal prescription medications is highly fact sensitive and legally nuanced.
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Office Party Planning: Celebrate Good Times With Round of Good Party Parameters

December 3, 2013
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One of the most important things to consider when planning the holiday party is how to limit the consumption of alcohol by party-going employees.
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Pot Laws Facing High Court Scrutiny?

December 18, 2012
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Nothing is on the U.S. Supreme Court docket yet but with recent passage of liberal marijuana-use laws, a case could fire up justices.
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Headed to Work in Washington State? Don't Fire Up That Bong Just Yet …

December 14, 2012
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Despite voter approval liberalizing pot laws in two states, state marijuana laws haven't taken away an employer's right to maintain a drug-free workplace, especially as mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 for companies with federal grants or contracts.
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New Pot Laws? No Worries

December 14, 2012
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Following voter approval of recreational marijuana use in Washington state and Colorado, one employment lawyer nevertheless recommends making any necessary revisions to company drug policies so no gray areas exist between state and federal law.
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