The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a final rule expanding DOT's current drug testing panel to include semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone on the required drug testing panel for DOT regulated industries. The drugs are more commonly known as OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, Dilaudid and Exalgo. Employees will no longer be tested for MDEA.
As required by the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, the DOT is harmonizing with the Department of Health and Human Services revised Mandatory Guidelines on Federal Testing Programs. The change will also clarify existing drug testing provisions, make technical amendments and removes the requirement for employers and Consortium/Third Party Administrators to submit blind specimens.
What employers need to know
The HHS certified labs performing DOT tests will make the change to all testing beginning on January 1, 2018. Employers with concerns should contact their collection locations or drug testing third party administrators for guidance.
Important Note: NON DOT tests are not affected by this change, however, in light of the current opiate abuse epidemic, we strongly recommend that all employers expand opiate testing to include the above listed drugs. To expand opiate testing, contact your drug testing provider.
If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact our offices.
The Ohio BWC has extended a grace period for private employers in the state fund workers' compensation system to complete the payroll true up process. Employers now have until September 29th to submit their payroll information to the BWC.
The true- up is the final step in the transition to prospective billing and is a requirement of all state fund workers' compensation employers. To learn more about the True - Up process, visit the Ohio BWC website: Prospective Billing Information and Resources.
Just a reminder that all Ohio private employers in the state fund workers' compensation system must complete the True-Up process no later than August 15th. Missing the deadline could mean removal from any workers' compensation rating or discount programs and could result in significant increases in premiums. (see Don't Miss the True Up Deadline)
The BWC is anticipating long delays for employers trying to complete the process over the telephone. To avoid the wait, create an E-Account and complete the True-Up online: Ohio BWC New E- Account . Employers that already have an E-Account, can complete the True up Process here: Ohio BWC True Up.
The BWC has also put together a video to explain the True Up process that is available on YouTube: Payroll True Up . For more information, visit the Ohio BWC website: Prospective billing.
It's finally summer! Well...not officially but it's warm and it's nice and the CAVS are in the Finals. We're happy in Ohio - at least we are in Cleveland
As we ramp up to the start of the private employer's program start date on July 1, there are only a few deadlines and reminders.
No deadlines for public employers in June.
For any employer participating in the Drug Free Safety program beginning July 1, our calendars are open for training at your location and our webinar schedule is updated through August. We do have seats left in our June 9th Train the Trainer class, as well. Our webinar schedule, including the Train the Trainer classes can be found here: Webinar Schedule.
Enjoy June and Go CAVS!