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The ADA and Employer Inquires 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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Substance-Abuse Intervention Works Best When the Boss Steps In: Study

July 10, 2012
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A new study reveals supervisors must go past detection and aid in enforcement of substance-abuse policies to deter use of alcohol and drugs on the job.
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Q&A With Jay Krueger: Evaluating Medical Marijuana Policies

June 7, 2012
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Jay Krueger is chief strategy and client services officer at PMSI Inc., providing overall strategic direction for the Tampa, Florida-based provider of pharmacy benefit management services, medical equipment, home health care and case settlement services. In a recent interview with Workforce Management sister publication Business Insurance senior editor Roberto Ceniceros, Krueger said the evaluation of medical marijuana as a way to alleviate pain warrants that employers consider their policies on the issue.
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Prescription Drug Studies Focus on Key Workers' Comp Cost Drivers

April 26, 2012
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Evaluating workers' comp prescription drug trends is crucial because pharmaceuticals comprise a significant part of employers' spending on injured workers, said one expert.
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