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Are You Prepared For the Opioid Crisis? Free Worker Opioid Abuse Toolkit
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Opioid abuse is a serious national crisis. According to the Hawaii Opioid Initiative: 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. In Hawaii, between 2012 and 2016, an average of 150 people per year died from a drug
Do Not Assume Medical Marijuana Cardholder Uses Marijuana: Hawaii Federal Court
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
An employer cannot assume that a medical marijuana cardholder uses marijuana according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii in Kamakeeaina v. Armstrong Produce, Ltd. Background Buddy Kamakeeaina alleged
Dismissal of Medical Marijuana Cardholder’s Lawsuit Upheld by 9th Circuit
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an employee of Charter Communications, LLC (“Charter”) who was fired after testing positive for marijuana,
Safety-Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing ARE Permissible
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
On October 11, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a Standard Interpretation Memorandum clarifying its position that workplace safety incentive programs and post-incident drug
Job Protection for Medical Marijuana Users May be Coming Soon. Does Your Company Need an Exemption?
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Pursuant to Act 116 of the Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, a working group has been formed to discuss potential legislation that would provide job protection for employees who possess a medical marijuana (“MMJ”)
DOT Adds Four Semi-Synthetic Opioids to Drug Testing Panel
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) published a final rule which made several revisions to its drug testing program for DOT-regulated employers.

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Laws regarding medical marijuana and the workplace have been under constant development over the past few years, with recent developments occurring in just the past few weeks. Now more than ever, Hawaii employers may be confused about how to apply their drug-free workplace policies to applicants or employees who fail a drug test due to medical marijuana usage.

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