What is a Pre-Employment Drug Screen Going to Be Like Post-Legalization?

The year 2018 is a big one for employment law. With legalization of cannabis on the horizon, Canadian employers are scrambling to come up with ways to cope with how the change could impact their business from a human resources perspective.

One of the pointed question will be, what is a pre-employment drug screen going to be like when cannabis is legal?

If Canada is anything like the United States, it could mean a decline in these kinds of screenings.

What is a pre-employment drug screen?

A pre-employment drug screen is a voluntary drug test administered to potential hires as a condition for employment. Pre-employment drug screens are more common in the United States than in Canada, since Canadian law offers broader privacy protection for workers. However, there are some industries in which drug screens are normal in Canada, such as international trucking.

According to Bloomberg, companies in states that have legalized recreational or medicinal cannabis are increasingly dropping the requirement for potential employees to pass a pre-employment drug screen. One survey found that the share of companies in Colorado testing for marijuana fell by 11% in the year after legalization.

Why? A tightening job market, combined with the drug’s legal status, means businesses can no longer afford to count out workers who use.

Employment in Colorado hovers around 4 percent, making it difficult for employers to hire. Drug testing only further restricts the job pool, and in this market, it could really hold back growth and productivity. And with society growing more and more accepting of cannabis use (American approval of cannabis legalization is at an all-time high of 64%, according to a Gallup poll last October) , it simply isn’t worth the expense.

So what is the future of pre-employment drug screens in Canada? Since the tests are already restricted in this country, the legalization of cannabis may not move the needle as much as it has in the United States. Companies that conduct tests often do so based on proven safety concerns. The drug’s legal status may not be enough to convince them to stop screening for marijuana on pre-employment drug tests.

Pre-employment drug screening is a complex issue in Canada, and you’d be wise to consult an expert like DriverCheck before moving forward with plans to implement it in your workplace. Check out Drivercheck for standard drug test employment information.

Health and Safety For The Workplace, The Ocean, and Diving

Do you feel safe on the job? As Canadians, one of our most basic rights as workers is the ability to perform our duties in a workplace that is a safe and healthy space. The vast majority of employees realize and respect that need, but unfortunately some don’t. Because of this, each province has rules in place that require companies to adhere to certain minimum safety standards.

This is good, but it is also important that these standards are uniform and adhered to equally. It is not enough for your boss to say, “OK, we cleaned out the basement and mopped the floors, so you’re good to go!” Basic maintenance is important, but the tasks performed need to specifically address potential hazards related to the work that organization does. Mopping the floor may prevent someone from slipping on some mud, but it won’t stop them from being crushed by improperly stacked pallets.

Each company with more than 20 workers needs to have at least two employees participating in a health and safety committee. One of these volunteers represents the workers, while the other serves as a representative for the company management. These individuals receive training designed to help them perform these duties. PSHSA offers health and safety certification for this purpose; WHMIS training is also highly valuable when it comes to making a workplace safe and secure for everyone there.

The benefits of a safe workplace are obvious. The workers can go about their duties efficiently in a safe environment where they feel comfortable working. That allows the company to meet its goals and satisfy any and all investors. It also helps to guarantee that the products or services will be on par with what is promised.

Is your workplace not up to standard in regards to its safety practices? It is important to speak out and make your concerns known. The life that is saved might be your own.

Seattle Strom Secrets

In the early 1990’s, Seattle was the epicenter for the most influential grunge rock bands in music history. Seattle has the Mount Rushmore of grunge rock bands as well as a few new all-start on the up and coming list. Grunge rock is an art the captures the mind, soul, and heart. It is 100 % authentic, genuine, and it doesn’t hide it’s warts. Many paint it’s image as life inside lyrics. You might explain grunge as a mish-mosh of anti-establishment pink, timeless rock, and old-fashioned metal with a focus on conjuring up feeling from it’s audience by speaking about genuine human problems. The face of the grunge movement was Nirvana. Lead singer Kurt Cobain was the reluctant centerpiece of the American rock motion that took the world by storm. 

My Shipwrecked Story

Spear fishing is such an amazing skill to have. Let me tell you an you an amazing story of survival, and how I was only equipped with a spear rod and a underwater drone and survived on a desert island for over two years along by myself. So I am an engineering nut, and I love to explore the depths of the ocean. For me, I think there is something important to understanding that what goes around comes around, and everyone made fun of me for being a kid and being nerdy, but it did pay off in the end. So I am washed up on see after a horrible ship wreck that killed all of our crew. I wash on a deserted island called Mu Ko Ang Thong, and no ships travel through there for years at a time. I am scared, alone and have nothing. Thankfully, two tools wash up onto shore. A spear fishing rod and a drone that goes underwater. These are the two items that saved my life.

So the craziest thing about Mu Ko Thong is that it is completely uninhabitable. There is no one there. It is a beautiful place to see, but it so quiet because there is no one there that after a while you begin to go crazy. There are also horrible scorpions and snakes around. So I had to make sure that I always had a fire going as to not get bitten and die. Which was very scary at night. It was so scary that every night before I went to bed for over five years, I would say goodbye to my wife and kids and throw a rock into the ocean for each of them, just in case I did not make it through the night. So anyway, how did I eat. Well remember before how I mentioned I was a nerd? Well I was able to build a solar powered battery charger using bit and pieces from inside the underwater drone that washed up on shore, and was able to use that to keep the drone fully charged. From there, I would use the drone to search in the water for potential schools of fish, that I would then dive into the ocean and grab. This is how I ate for over 5 years was nothing but tropical fish.

So, after about 5 years I got lazy and fire my went out one night. I got scorpion venom in my bloodstream. While I did the proper precaution and urinated on my wound, however, due to my lack of proper health, the urine did not kill the poison. I began to hallucinate, I saw my wife and children drown in the ocean, the hallucination was so real, that i ran into the ocean too, and I got by a shark, and lost two toes. I ran onto the beach and used a hot log to cauterize my foot. But I had no bandages to cover my wound, so I knew I had to lie down I would die. The next morning I knew I would not survive the day. I could feel the scorpion poison slowly pulsing through my system, killing me more every hour. I decided I only had one choice, and that was leave a note using tree bark as my script, burn my shelter and everything else I had built over the last five years, and then slowly die. as I continue to work on burning all of my stuff, I began to feel my heart stop.l I feel to the ground, but I was not ready to die because I had not written my goodbye note to my family, so I grabbed my charging station for my drone and stuck the positive and negative ends on either side of my nipples, re boosting my heart and giving me a little more time. I burned all of my stuff and began writing the note. I lied down for my final time, looked up at the beautiful blue sky, and for a moment, everything was peaceful, and I was at peace. What then happened is that my fire was so far up in the sky that the smoke caught the attention of as personal plane coming by. I saw that they were going to land, so I jolted myself again, and came back to life long enough to be said. I have to say that without my ROV- www.DEEPTREKKER.com, I would not be here. I think it is a special thing that we have developed, it helped me find food in the ocean, and even more importantly, jolted me back into existence when I need it most.

The Biggest Fish I Ever Caught

I have done lots of cool things in my life, and by far one of the coolest things that I have done is that I enjoy being me, and that means that I enjoy doing some good old fashioned fishing. I remember fishing when I was younger, and being with my grandpa out on the lake, getting things done! I have caught a billion fish in my life. I would almost say that I have caught all of them, but I have not (Well not yet anyway). I think there are several different things to consider about what we do and why. The first, and most certainly the most important is that I love to have fun fishing. Fishing is one of those joys that I can just not get by without. I mean if I had one choice in life, I would live on the lake, have fun on the lake, and fish! So fun, so much work to do though to be able to enjoy my pastime.

I feel that what the most important thing is that we continually evolve ourselves to the point where we learn that we are better than you, and can do things even better as well. I take fishing as a competition, and I will never be out-fished by anyone, using any type of pole or rod. Every time I hear the phrase “I am a better fisherman than you are” I pull out the boat and I take them down to the ocean. There, they see the true power of their insignificant skills. I am better, just face it.

That is the biggest fish that I have ever caught. It is so incredibly huge, and yeah, I killed it. What can I say? So if you can catch something better let me know, because I do not think you will be able to!