Danz & Kronengold, P.L.
866-640-1080 Toll Free
954-406-7535 Local
Serving clients in Florida
& Nationally

Drug-Testing Archives

How Will Florida's Medical Marijuana Laws Affect Employers?

Thanks to the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, passed in November of 2016, medical marijuana use is now legal in the state of Florida. This is considered a major victory for patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions, but it's also raised some concerns for Florida employers.

New Medical Marijuana Ruling In Massachusetts Could Mean Employment Policy Changes In Florida

Employers in Florida who have zero-tolerance policies toward all drug use may need to recreate their policies if a Massachusetts court ruling makes its way into Florida employment suits. A recent decision regarding medical marijuana use off-hours could have major ramifications now that Florida allows medical marijuana use in general.

Florida Lawmakers Provide Medical Marijuana Guidance For The Workplace

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida, and that means employers will now have to decide how to treat drug testing and positive results. Increasing availability and usage means that positive drug tests will likely go up, and Florida lawmakers have given employers the go-ahead to continue zero-tolerance policies if desired. How employers actually treat the situation will, for the most part, be an individual company decision except in certain circumstances.

The New OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

A new rule has been put in place that requires certain employees to submit their work-related accident and injury reports to OSHA electronically. This rule took effect on January 1, 2017. OSHA is not currently accepting electronic submissions. A proposal has been made to extend the start date beyond the current date of July 1, 2017. Updates will be posted on the OSHA website.

What You Should Know About Employee Drug-Testing

Whether you have a drug-testing policy in place yet or not, you should firstly know that the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance claims that small businesses actually bear the greatest burden when it comes to substance users. So if you're just now establishing these policies as a new business, you're at a higher risk as a growing business than larger corporations with strict, tried-and-true procedures in place. Why is this? Drug users don't normally apply to jobs at large companies because they have these company wide drug use policies-instead they might be aiming for employment with a startup/smaller organization with fewer resources (and thus motivation) to perform routine drug checks. As a general rule, they assume they are safer, and proceed with use without worrying about it negatively affecting their position.

Lead Counsel | Rated Broward County | Bar Association The Florida Bar | 1950 AV | Av Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
A Proud Member of INBLF | International Network of Boutique Law Firms FLN | Florida Lawyers Network | When Legal Matters Super Lawyers