DISA's Most Impactful Articles from 2018

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DISA Global Solutions would like to start 2019 with a quick look back on some of our most impactful articles from 2018. With the constant changing of marijuana laws state-by state and the continued rise of the opioid epidemic, the drug testing industry was busy keeping up with all the changes. DISA is focused on helping employers maintain best practices that provide protection for their companies and ensure a safer workplace. In 2018, we addressed a number of growing industry issues, trends, and news across drug testing, background screening, and transportation topics.

Drug Testing Articles

Oklahoma has one of the least restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country. Find out how this affects the workplace:

» Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Laws

The cost of substance abuse leads to higher insurance premiums, employee turnover, absenteeism, and increase in accidents, workers compensation claims, and errors, while also lowering employee productivity. Calculate the costs of drug abuse on your company with DISA’s calculator:

» Substance Abuse in Safety-Sensitive Positions Leads to Higher Costs

The opioid epidemic has made it difficult for addicts to obtain prescription drugs and instead are turning to alternatives, such as heroin. Learn more about the dangers of prescription drugs and what you can do to prevent drug abuse in the workplace:

» The Next Gateway Drug: How Prescription Drugs Have Started a New Epidemic

Prescription drugs are legal, but employers can designate Medical Disclosure Policies for safety-sensitive positions. If you don’t already have a Medical Disclosure Policy to protect your company and employees, learn more here:

» The Importance of Medical Disclosure Policies – Preventing Legal Drug Abuse in Your Workplace

Although CBD oil products claim to have under 0.3% THC, they remain unregulated, leading to unreliable levels of THC. As CBD oil is still a fairly new topic, it’s important to educate yourself, as well as your employees about CBD oil’s potential to cause a positive drug test.

» Will CBD Oil Result in a Positive Drug Test?

Background Screening Articles

In some states, Ban-the-Box laws require employers to remove the box on a job application that asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, incarcerated, or arrested. Find out what this means for you as an employer:

» Ban the Box Initiatives: How They Affect Your Company?

The FCRA has specific requirements for employers to follow when choosing not to hire someone based on the information provided in a background check. Learn about the adverse action process and why it’s important to always implement it during your hiring procedures:

» Don’t Risk Unlawful Termination Lawsuits: Adverse Action Notices are the Law

Employers are concerned with their hiring procedures when cities, such as San Francisco are dropping marijuana convictions. This process removes misdemeanors and non-violent charges related to marijuana. Read more here:

» California Cities Dropping Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

Transportation Articles

Individuals with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) no longer have to obtain an exemption in order to operate a CMV.

» The FMCSA Revises Rule Allowing Individuals with Diabetes to Operate a CMV

The FMCSA is enforcing a new ELDT rule, which improves the safety of CMVs. To make sure you’re meeting compliance read more:

» FMCSA Making Nation’s Highways Safer with New Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an ELD Mandate that requires commercial drivers who log Hours of Service (HOS) records to use an electronic logging device or ELD.

» The ELD Mandate Effective as of April 1st: Would you Pass an FMCSA Audit?

Ever-growing issues like the opioid epidemic and the legalization of recreational marijuana only add to the deadly trends of drugged driving. Find out more about the dangers of drugged driving:

» Drugged Driving More Fatal Than Drunk Driving


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Founded in 1986, DISA is the industry-leading provider of employee screening and compliance services. Headquartered in Houston, with more than 35 offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, DISA’s comprehensive scope of services includes drug and alcohol testing, background screening, occupational health, and transportation compliance. DISA assists employers in making informed staffing decisions while building a culture of safety in their workplace.