Issue #1: The EBINC.com website has reported that
there are new guidelines for drug testing in the workplace. EBI reports
that the changes are:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) recently announced that the agency has accepted the
recommendations of the Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB) to revise the
DHHS Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs
in the following two areas:
- Expand the drug testing panel to include additional Schedule II
prescription medications (e.g. hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone,
and oxymorphone) prescription painkiller opioid drugs, and;
- Include oral fluid as an alternative specimen for Federal Drug Free Workplace Programs (DFWP) testing.
This is certainly great news to help support workplace drug testing
programs as it provides more tools for employers to detect drugs of
abuse. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will now be tasked with
making a rulemaking change to finalize this rollout. Understand that
there will be continued deliberation, debate and also comment before
these changes are put into place. It could take several months before
this will actually affect federal drug testing programs.
Issue #2 : Wolters Kleurer reports that The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a
final rule that extends its existing recordkeeping requirements under
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the ADA to entities that
are covered by Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
of 2008 (GINA), according to a notice scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on February 3, 2012.
Title II of GINA protects job applicants, current and former
employees, labor union members, and apprentices and trainees from
discrimination based on their genetic information. Title II of GINA,
like VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, covers employers
with 15 or more employees, employment agencies, labor unions, and joint
labor-management training programs, as well as federal sector employers.
GINA was signed into law on May 21, 2008; Title II became effective
on November 21, 2009. The commission has issued interpretive regulations
under GINA (75 FR 68912), as well as a final rule implementing changes
to its administrative and procedural regulations (74 FR 63981).
Issue #3: Do you have operations in the state of
Indiana? The Governor has just signed new legislation which makes the
state the first state in the midwest and the first in a decade to
proclaim the state of Indiana is now a right to work state.