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The statistics from the 2017 Quest Diagnostics international drug testing case study are in. According to this study, approximately 183 million individuals tested positive for marijuana, 37 million for methamphetamines, and 35 million for opioids. With an estimated 312 million drug users worldwide, it is crucial that organizations in the private sector recognize the challenges associated with their drug testing procedures and plan accordingly. Additionally, it would be wise for them to develop or enhance a drug-free workplace program, or even begin offering current employees assistance and/or rehabilitation for treatable conditions and drug abuse. Drug testing to prevent drug abuse on and off the job remains the number one priority. Whether inside or outside of the United States, organizations continue to try to ensure fast turnaround times and convenient drug testing sites for their applicants and employees. So, what happens when an applicant or employee happens to be overseas
Recent publication from Seyfarth Shaw on January 25, 2018 announces, Employers should investigate their hiring and compensation practices to ensure compliance with recent antitrust pronouncements. The recommendation from Seyfarth Shaw of conducting an internal investigation is due to the recent developments regarding Antitrust Laws that establish the rules of competitive employment in the marketplace. Surprisingly, there are plenty of different scenarios that could get employers and/or their company/organization in trouble with the Department of Justice (DOJ). This means potentially being held accountable in upcoming class action law suits. The Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals emphasizes the rules surrounding free and open markets: Organizations and individuals cannot establish naked agreements with others that compete to hire employees. These agreements include wage-fixing or no-poaching collaborations among multiple employers. Such agreements are looked
Based on recent analyses performed by Quest Diagnostics, there has been a huge increase in illicit drugs particularly cocaine driving workforce drug positivity rates to their highest in the past 12 years. The analysis consisted of more than 10 million workforce drug test results, and were sharing some of the key findings in todays blog post: Urine Testing Urine drug testing positivity as a whole has increased by 5% from last years rate of 4% - the highest annual rate since 2004. Cocaine For the fourth consecutive year, there has been a urine drug testing positivity increase for cocaine use, having risen by 12% since 2016. However, one of the most surprising findings is that post-accident drug tests conducted were positive more than twice that of pre-employment drug tests. This was also higher than the rate of random drug tests. Marijuana Marijuana use has been climbing over the years, and it comes as no surprise that marijuana positivity rates have increased by 75% based