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Archive for: February 2013 HH

How To Get Along With Coworkers – 5 Helpful Tips

The work place is where you get to spend most of your time and this means that you need to be careful to make sure that you get well with most of your work place colleagues. In as much as the work place is like a second home to many, very small disagreements and habits can make it unbearable and this article is here to give you some free tips on how to get along with everyone in the office.

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A New Challenge for Drug-Free Workplace Programs

Drug testing has evolved into a high-technology industry in the United States, one that has produced dramatic advances that allow easier and more accurate, sensitive, and specific testing. There are many settings in which the identification of drug use is important to enhance public health and safety, including the transportation industry, law enforcement, health care, the military, the nuclear power industry, and many other “safety-sensitive” industries.

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Drug Testing in Tennessee

Tennessee’s drug-free workplace law applies to employers covered by the state’s workers’ compensation law who choose to maintain drug-free workplace programs and who include on the posted notice of policy a specific statement that the policy is being implemented pursuant to Tennessee’s drug-free workplace law.

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Drug- testing ‘will creep’ into workplaces

Drug-test manufacturers will be the big winners from the Government’s plans to screen beneficiaries, the Drug Foundation is warning. Yesterday the Government announced further details of its plans to drug-test beneficiaries. Legislation will be introduced to Parliament next month, with the proposed changes due in July next year.

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Pros & Cons of Drug Testing in the Workplace

More than 17 million people over age 18 were illicit drug users in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, and more than 75 percent were currently employed. Thus, it is clear that drug testing is necessary to maintain a safe, drug-free workplace. Drug use can contribute to workplace accidents and cause an increase in absenteeism.

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The ADA and workplace drug testing: what are an employer’s rights?

An employee who works under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work may, at the very least, have diminished productivity and poor work performance; at worst, he poses a serious safety risk to himself and those around him. As an employer, you have both a right and an obligation to maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Enacting a clear drug testing policy to eliminate workplace substance abuse is an important step toward maintaining a safe work environment.

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The Facts about Workplace Drug Testing

Companies hoping for greater efficiency seek also to cut down the costs associated with abuse Since the 1990s, studies have shown that substance abuse is not only prevalent in the workplace, but that it is extremely costly to employers.

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Drug Testing in the Workplace

On current trends within two years it will be almost impossible for recreational drug users to get a job with larger companies. Drug testing at work is probably the single most effective weapon we have against adult substance abuse. It is a proven, low cost strategy which identifies those needing help, reduces demand, cuts accidents and sick leave, improves attendance and increases productivity. (Half page feature by Dr Patrick Dixon, Director Global Change Ltd, originally published in the Times 5/11/98 but even more sharply relevant today).

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