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Telebriefs®: Department of Transportation Expands Drug Panel for Drivers to Include Opioids

Recently the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is expanding its standards for drug testing to include four new semisynthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. The better known names of these drugs include Vicodin, OxyContin, Lortab, Norco, Percocet, and Dilaudid. The new drug testing panel will be required as of January 1, 2018. The reason behind this change was precipitated by the publicity surrounding the opioid epidemic throughout the United States. For employers who have drivers that are covered by the DOT’s drug testing panel, these new drugs will be included as of January 1, 2018. Employers who have written drug testing policies should amend their employee handbooks and/or policies to include these new prohibited drugs. To learn more about this change and what employers are required to do in response, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: How to handle and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and Montgomery County, MD will increase the minimum wage to $15.00/hour in phases.


Questions about employee drug testing or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

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Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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