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U.S. Expands Drug Testing for Pilots, Train Engineers to Include Opioids

Airline pilots, train engineers and truck drivers subject to federally mandated drug screening will soon be tested for a range of opioids under a new rule issued Thursday. While transportation workers have long been subject to random screenings for various …

Drugs in Workplace a Danger to Workers and Drag on Productivity

At Philip Tulkoff’s food-processing plant in Baltimore, machines grind tough horseradish roots into puree. “If you put your arm in the wrong place,” the owner says, “and you’re not paying attention, it’s going to pull you in.” It’s not a …

Viewpoint: Employers Rejecting Marijuana Users Will Pay a Price

In Youngstown, Ohio, the employment problem is not a shortage of jobs. Nor is it a shortage of workers. The problem is not stingy employers who don’t want to pay enough to attract good workers. Nor is the problem that …

Drugs in U.S. Workplace at Highest Level in Decade

Following years of declines, the percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs has steadily increased over the last three years to a 10-year high. An analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results by …

Tennessee County Official Vows to Carry Out Own Workers’ Comp Drug Test

An East Tennessee official who refuses to enforce a county drug-testing policy says he’ll implement his own. Hawkins County Property Assessor Jeff Thacker told the Kingsport Times-News that he still disagrees with the county policy, but doesn’t want it to …

Mississippi Workers’ Comp Drug Testing, Benefits Changes Go Into Effect

Insurers and employers in Mississippi now have greater latitude to conduct alcohol and drug tests on employees following a workplace accident and reduce benefits for workers with pre-existing conditions. Those changes are among those under updated workers’ compensation laws that …

Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Workers’ Compensation Changes Backed by Employers

Mississippi legislators offered sharply different views of a bill they passed Monday to change the way compensation is awarded to workers injured on the job, or to survivors of those killed at work. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the …

Florida Delays Employee Drug Testing Pending Legal Challenge

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s top lawyer has advised state agency heads to hold off on testing their employees for drugs under a new Florida law pending resolution of an existing legal challenge. The Republican governor last year tried to implement …

Mississippi House, Senate Divided Over Workers’ Compensation Changes

The Mississippi Legislature is split on a bill that would make changes to the state’s workers’ compensation law. Opponents say it would tilt the scales against workers, but proponents say it would return fairness to a system that currently favors …