Posts Tagged ‘workplace safety’

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana: An Action Plan for Employers

On June 26th, Oklahoma voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana by a 57% majority. The law, which is set to go into effect in late July, presents an all-new challenge in the workplace: balancing the rights of employees who possess a valid medical marijuana license with the needs of employers to maintain a safe, drug-free environment.

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Valuable free OSHA resource available for Oklahoma employers

Understanding and complying with OSHA’s many requirements can be daunting. At a recent Tulsa Area Employer Council meeting, Jason Hudson with the Oklahoma Department of Labor explained an excellent tool available for Oklahoma employers trying to address workplace safety and OSHA issues. Hudson is director of the department’s Safety Pays® OSHA Consultation Division, which is…

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OSHA issues new whistleblower investigations manual with aggressive new standard

Employers are familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement of workplace safety standards, but OSHA also enforces the whistleblower provisions of 21 other federal laws in addition to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including the Affordable Care Act, Clean Air Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Pipeline Safety Improvement Act. A whistleblower is an…

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Questioning employees about prescription drugs that could affect performance and safety

Employers often have policies and procedures (frequently included in a drug testing policy) that require their employees to disclose the lawful use of prescription drugs (i.e., per the advice and prescription of a licensed physician) that could impair job performance. Such policies may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or the guidelines issued by the EEOC.

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