Iowa Employment Law Blog

Iowa Employment Law Blog

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Published By Patrick D. Smith

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Does Iowa’s Medical Marijuana Law Impact an Employer’s Right to Maintain a Drug-Free Workplace?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Human Resources Compliance

This is a question about which Iowa employers are increasingly concerned.  The probability your employees and applicants for employment have used marijuana in some form has substantially increased in recent years.    Medical marijuana use is now legal in 34 states and the District of Columbia.  Recreational use is legal in ten states.    But, marijuana is… Continue Reading

Iowa Legislature Toughens Drug Testing Law, But Legal Risks for Employers Remain

Posted in Employee Privacy, Human Resources Compliance

In the last two sessions, the Iowa legislature has amended Iowa’s private sector drug testing law to give employers additional tools to combat employee substance abuse.   In last year’s session, the legislature amended the law to allow employers to use hair follicle testing for pre-employment drug screens.  Prior to the amendment, the law allowed only… Continue Reading