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Which CCF forms have changed?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently made two key changes to DOT-regulated Custody and Control Forms (CCF), which is pertinent to those using paper forms. The first change is the addition of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) state and number. The second change is that the new form accommodates the future use of oral fluid (saliva) specimens for DOT testing. More information can be found on our article "DOT-Regulated CCF Changes You Need to Be Aware Of".

"Currently, 49 states and the District of Columbia already allow 18 to 20-year-old CDL holders to operate CMVs in intrastate commerce—meaning under-21 drivers may currently drive within state borders, such as from Houston to El Paso or from Miami to Tallahassee." Additionally, the FMCSA proposed a new under-21 commercial driver pilot program for interstate commerce in 2020 that is still pending "thoughts and opinions". More information can be found on the FMCSA Proposed Pilot Program page. A similar program was launched for military members in 2018 and was proposed two years earlier before officially launching.

Medical marijuana laws vary by state and it’s important that employers address the specific laws that pertain to their company and employees when creating a drug testing policy. Each state has its own system of medical marijuana laws, which may or may not include bills that provide explicit employment protections. For example, in California, legislation allows employers the right to terminate an employee who tests positive for marijuana, even if they hold a medical marijuana card. For example: Imagine you have an employee who lives in Arizona but works in California, and the employee has a medical marijuana card in which they use in private. Arizona protects employees from discrimination while holding a medical marijuana card, but in California, an employer may fire employees who test positive for marijuana, even if the use was off-duty and for a medical condition with a valid medical marijuana card. To avoid litigation in this scenario, it would be advisable to treat this employee based on Arizona laws.

It is pertinent for you, as an employer, to have a policy in place for when this occurs and to follow each states' medical marijuana laws accordingly.

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What is DISA program?

DISA offers several programs accommodating industry-specific workplace safety needs, including background check, drug and alcohol testing, DOT-mandated services, occupational health, transportation compliance, entertainment compliance, and more.