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Drug Arrests at Boeing Plant May Reveal Bigger Workplace Worry

October 3, 2011
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Employers nationwide have learned that some workers' compensation claimants are becoming addicted to opioid painkillers prescribed for their work-related injuries; they are also discovering that employees using those prescription drugs may also drive workplace injuries.
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Michigan Insurers Seek to Bar Workers' Comp Funding of Medical Marijuana

September 28, 2011
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A bill already moving through the state legislature would prohibit auto insurers from paying for medical marijuana as part of medical claims resulting from accidents, which some car insurers have already done because of uncertainty over requirements under Michigan's medical marijuana law.
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Texas Gun Law Adds New Level of Vigilance for Employers

September 27, 2011
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More than a dozen states already have such laws and adding Texas to that group was a major coup for the gun rights lobby. Two previous bills had failed in the Legislature before SB 321—known as the Employee Parking Lot Bill—passed in May and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.
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Drugs Increase Employer Pain

July 29, 2011
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As the over-prescription of narcotic pain relievers to injured workers grows to near epidemic proportions, applying medical guidelines would help eliminate unnecessary consumption and the problems it drives, the occupational medical experts say.
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How to Spot, Stop and Prevent On-the-Job Drug Abuse

July 8, 2011
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Unlike pre-hire testing, random testing is performed on an unannounced, unpredictable basis on existing employees. As such, it is a powerful long-term deterrent for curbing on-the-job substance abuse, since it poses a much higher threat of detection than pre-hire testing.
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Californias Response to Pot on the Job

February 21, 2008
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Thirteen states have laws that allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and that poses some serious dilemmas for employers. The lesson from a recent California Supreme Court ruling is that employers there can refuse to hire medicinal users of marijuana. But things aren’t necessarily as clear in the other states that have such laws.
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Addressing the Business Cost of Alcohol Problems

February 3, 2008
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Links to information from the George Washington University Medical Center.
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