FMCSA’s Clearinghouse Identifies Nearly 8,000 Substance Abuse Violations In Its First Few Weeks Of Operation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released information gathered from its Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in late February. The data indicated that the Clearinghouse had detected and recognized nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers since it became operational in January, according to a news release from the FMCSA.  The Clearinghouse provides FMCSA along with employers […]


New York City Bans Pre-Employment Testing of Marijuana in 2020

New York City will soon prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to submit to testing for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient in marijuana.   This bill, Introduction No. 1445-A, was approved by the New York City Council on April 9 and was enacted after the 30-day deadline passed without a signature from the mayor. It will go into effect in a year.   This […]


Can Applicants Refuse to Disclose their SSN?

In order to do a complete and comprehensive background check for potential employees, most companies request Social Security Numbers (SSN.) But what happens if an applicant refuses to disclose their SSN?  It’s important that your company have a policy in place regarding SSN Disclosure. Depending on whether your company is hiring employees or volunteers, your […]


Workplace Clarity Goes Up in Smoke as Ohio Employers Weed Out the Conditions of Employment for Medical Marijuana Patients

Ohio House Bill 523 legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes only officially went into law in early September allowing its use in edible, oil, vapor, patch, tincture and plant matter form. Smoking and home-growing of pot remains illegal. Ohio is now the 25th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Although certain aspects of the state law were […]