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Employment Liability Insurers See Plenty to Worry About, From Biometrics to Harassment

After Back to the Future 2 was released in 1989, moviegoers could observe Marty McFly as he traveled to his version of 2015 where fingerprints were used to identify a person, to unlock the front door of a house and …

Puff, Puff, Passed: 2019 Marijuana Laws in Review and 2020 Projections

With 2019 nearly rolled up, it is time to exhale and recap the latest dose of marijuana laws affecting the workplace. In the last twelve months, Illinois became the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana use by adult[1] and several …

Research Suggests Marijuana Users More Likely to Be Fired or Laid Off

As U.S. rates of marijuana use continue to rise, workers who use marijuana may be at higher risk of losing their jobs. Job loss may be an overlooked social cost of marijuana use, according to the new research by Cassandra …

More Employers Adopting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy for Marijuana Use

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once …

Drugs in Workforce at Highest in Decade But Opiates Decline: Quest Diagnostics

Drug use by the American workforce remains at its highest rate in more than a decade, driven by increases in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. However, prescription opiate positivity rates have declined. Nationally, the positivity rate for the combined U.S. workforce …

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 …

Stressed? Unfocused? Pop a Marijuana Mint and Get Back to Work

When Jeffrey Zucker needs to get a lot done at work, he eats half a weed gummy. Far from putting him at risk of a Maureen Dowd-level stupor, the 5-milligram dose of THC he gets gives him just a slight …

State Marijuana Laws Are Changing But Employer Attitudes, Federal Law Aren’t

Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace. For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are …

RIMS Report: Insurers, Employers Still Figuring Out Legal Marijuana’s Effects

Following the lead of a pioneering few, more states around the country are warming up to the idea of legalizing marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes, or both. But with legalized pot still in its infancy, it may be …