The FMCSA announces that it is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the current rate of 25 percent of the average number of driver positions to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions, effective in calendar year 2020. The FMCSA Administrator must increase the minimum annual random testing percentage rate when the data received under the reporting requirements for any calendar year indicate that the reported positive rate is equal to or greater than 1.0 percent. Based on the results of the 2018 FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey, the positive rate for controlled substances random testing increased to 1.0 percent. Therefore, the Agency will increase the controlled substances minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions. The Final Rule also states that at a 50 percent annual random testing rate, approximately 2.1 million random controlled substances tests will need to be conducted in calendar year 2020.
Instant Drug Tests are a cost-effective way employers can maintain a Drug-Free Workplace. These tests are available in dip & read to all-in-one urine and saliva tests ranging from 1 panel to 14 panels which can include alcohol and adulterant testing. Very user-friendly and can be performed by anyone designated in the company.
All-in-one urine tests have a detection window of 24-72 hours and are:
1. Up to 99% accurate
2. Have a built-in temperature strip
3. Results in as little as 5 minutes
4. Transport ready for lab
All-in-one saliva tests have a detection window of a few hours-48 hours and are:
1. Up to 99% accurate
2. Difficult to adulterate
3. No Bathroom required
4. Results in as little as 10 minutes
MRO confirmation of a positive is available as well with all shipping supplies included.
More laid-off workers will have to take drug tests in order to qualify for unemployment benefits under a new rule passed by the Department of Labor on October 4 and becomes effective November 4, 2019. Lawyers are saying the rule is unconstitutional. To read more, go to https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/10/4/20893225/trump-unemployment-drug-testing-rule