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Use CBD Products? Florida Drug-Free Workplace Implications
Will the use of CBD oils, lotions and pills cause a positive drug test under a Florida Drug-Free Workplace policy? CBD products are growing in popularity across Florida, and so is the potential risk that the inaccurate labeling of THC content in your CBD product will cause surprise drug test failures for employees and applicants.......
Asphalt Company Wins Work Comp Case – 5 Tips You Can Use
A Florida asphalt contractor recently benefited from having effective human resource policies.  It avoided paying disability benefits to an injured employee (his skid steer loader was hit by a dump truck) that refused to return to suitable work.  In Florida, an injured employee is entitled to Temporary Partial Disability benefits (hereinafter TPD...
18 Actions to Lower Workers’ Comp Rates for Florida Contractors
From our work with Florida construction companies and specialty trades in the last ten years, we have identified 18 proven action items that will shrink the risk of costly workers’ compensation claims and lower the mod rate of Florida contractors. Here are the top four actions that will make a difference: Improve the hiring process......
Does your Company have CDL Drivers? 10 Steps to get ready for Clearinghouse
If your company employs CDL Drivers that are regulated by the Department of Transportation, then get ready to meet the new compliance responsibilities under the FMCSA Clearinghouse that begins on January 6, 2020. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement...
(Save thousands $$) How to Implement a Florida certified Drug Free Workplace Program
Every day Florida employers choose to establish certified drug-free workplace policies, to save money and be protected from workplace accidents that are caused by employees working under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  The benefits of becoming a carrier certified drug free workplace include: (1) employees are aware of the importance of safety...
How will your drug testing lab handle medical marijuana results?
Now that medical marijuana is legal in Florida, there is a good chance that your company will have an applicant or employee test positive for marijuana, and then present proof that they have a valid registration with the Office of Medical Marijuana. Is that drug test reported as positive or negative by your testing lab? ......
How to Handle an Employee Taking Prescription Narcotics (legally)
Many Americans are addicted to powerful narcotics to treat chronic pain.  According to HHS data, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.  In 2016, the prescribing rate had fallen to the lowest it had been in more than 10 years, but was......
Highlights of the new Florida rules for Medical Marijuana
TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Friday, June 23, Governor Rick Scott signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state of Florida.  Lawmakers had been unable to pass the measure in the regular session, so it passed the new law (SB 8A) in a special session.  Before the ink is dry, there are several lawsuits......
Misuse of Prescription Medication Impacts 70% of Businesses
Itasca, IL – This month, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a survey showing that extent of opioid misuse in the United States, that should concern all business owners.  More than 70% of U.S. employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces.  The NSC states that it is the first......
Florida publishes new rules for Medical Marijuana
Tallahassee – The implementation of the Constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in November is moving rapidly.  The Office of Compassionate Use (part of the Florida Department of Health) published a notice of Rule Development on January 17, 2017.  The proposed rule expands the Office of Compassionate Use’s (OCU) regu...
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