Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Captain of Costa Concordia Returns Negative Drug Test

With the tragedy of the Costa Concordia shipwreck last week several questions have arisen on the state of Captain Francesco Schettino and whether or not he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Pier Luigi Foschi, the President of Costa Cruises was questioned by local press if he thought that Captain Schettino was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Foschi replied that he thought the captain's behavior was emotionally unbalanced.  Captain Francesco Schettino submitted to a substance abuse test after the incident in which later his lawyers revealed that a clean toxicology report was returned.

Friday, January 6, 2012

DATIA and SHRM Poll Show Pre-Employment Drug Testing On the Rise

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) released a poll this fall that showed the practice of requiring job applicants to take a pre-employment drug test appears to be gaining acceptance from employers.

The September 7, 2011 poll revealed that  fifty-seven percent of the survey participants’ organizations require all job candidates to take a pre-employment drug test, while less than a third (29 percent) do not have a pre-employment drug-testing requirement. The remaining 14 percent of respondents test applicants for safety-sensitive positions and when required by state law.

The poll, which was commissioned by DATIA and conducted by SHRM, surveyed 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals and featured questions about employers’ drug-testing policies and practices.

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