Waiting to Exhale: Delaware’s Medical-Marijuana Law

medical_marijuanaMedical-marijuana laws have been blazing a trail across the U.S. since California’s passage of Proposition 215 in 1996.  This year, the Delaware General Assembly began experimenting with marijuana legislation.  With the passage of Senate Bill 17 (“S.B. 17”), on May 11, 2011, which was signed by Governor Markell immediately, Delaware joined the 15 other states and the District of Columbia that have bills legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Continue reading

Somebody’s Watching You (and it’s not the money you could be saving on car insurance): New Drug-Testing Regs from DOT

Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require employers to administer drug and alcohol testing to employees or applicants who operate or who will operate commercial motor vehicles. Employers must conduct pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, random, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up testing. Continue reading

DOT Delays Implementation of New Drug and Alcohol Testing Procedures

Last month, the Department of Transportation (DOT), announced that changes to its drug and alcohol testing regulations would go into effect on August 25, 2008. The new regulations amended and added to 49 C.F.R. Part 40, relating to adulterated, substituted, diluted, or invalid urine specimens. After complaints from the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD), though, the DOT has delayed the implementation of the new rules. The regulations will be open for comment submission for one month and are scheduled for their official debut in November—in whatever form they take at that point. Continue reading

Employee Must’ve Been Smoking Crack If He Thought He’d Win Lawsuit

pilots_hatA disgruntled airplane pilot sued the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) seeking to have his pilot’s license reinstated. The FAA terminated his license after the pilot failed a drug test. The pilot claimed that there was insufficient evidence to support his termination. The suit made its way to a federal appeals court after an administrative hearing and the National Transportation Safety Board affirmed the FAA’s decision.  The federal court, I’m glad to say, upheld the termination decision, marking a sad day for crack-smoking employees in highly safety-sensitive jobs. Continue reading

EEOC Sues Pittsburgh Drug Clinic for Terminating Employee for Positive Drug Test

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit under the ADA against a Pittsburgh drug-treatment center.  The suit, which is brought on behalf of a former clinic employee under the Americans With Disabilities Act, alleges disability-based discrimination.  The employee, a recovering drug addict, worked full-time as a counselor at the clinic when was terminated when she tested positive for methadone in a random drug test.   Continue reading