Posts Tagged ‘workplace safety’

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act addresses workplace safety concerns for employers

Oklahoma took its second major step into the field of medical marijuana yesterday, as Governor Stitt signed into law the so-called “Unity Bill” — a comprehensive measure designed to add regulatory clarity in the industry made lawful last summer by State Question 788. While the law affects the industry in numerous ways, a few key…

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OSHA clarifies permissibility of post-accident drug testing, safety incentive programs

For years, employers assumed they were entitled to drug-test employees after they were injured or were involved in a workplace accident … then things became more uncertain. When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration first announced it viewed post-accident drug testing as potentially unlawful a couple of years ago, employers and business groups filed lawsuits…

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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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