What is DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing?

A DOT drug test is a drug test that is administered under the authority of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Those who work jobs as a “safety-sensitive” employee – basically, anyone whose position includes tasks that could put the safety of workers or passengers at risk if not performed correctly  – are subject to DOT…

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Prescription versus illicit drug test in court

How do we determine if a positive drug test is the result of a valid prescription for drugs or illicit use?  The Department of Transportation describes the role of the Medial Review officer as such: A Medical Review Officer (MRO) is a person who is a licensed physician and who is responsible for receiving and reviewing laboratory results…

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What Happens If You Fail a DOT Drug Test

We get this question from both employers and drivers: What happens if you fail a DOT drug test? What if it happens to your best driver? Failure of, or refusal to take a DOT drug test means immediate removal from all safety sensitive duties. In order to continue driving, the employee must go through the…

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Drug Testing with Legal Marijuana

In January, Illinois will become one of the 11 states that will allow for the legal use of recreational marijuana.  While Illinois has allowed the use of medical marijuana for some time the list of qualifying diseases has kept the market limited.  That will all change in January when anyone over the age of 21…

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FMCSA Clearinghouse Registration Info

As you’ve read in our previous posts, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA)’s clearinghouse database is going live in January 2020. In order to help employers and drivers get prepared for that, registration is now open. That means you can get your company and your employees registered today. Drivers, you should also get signed up…

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DOT Drug Testing at TrueTest Labs

DOT Drug Testing is serious business, and both drivers and employers need to understand what’s at stake with these tests. Even a refusal to take a test will put a driver in the return-to-duty protocol to get back on the road. Therefore, it’s important for both parties to understand what is involved. Starting in January…

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