HR Headline Roundup for April 22-26, 2019

N.J. Medical Marijuana Patients Win Huge Protections From Being Fired for Flunking a Drug Test, NJ.com

An New Jersey appeals court has ruled that the state’s Law Against Discrimination protects cannabis users who are not under the influence at work. The plaintiff in the case has cancer and was fired from his funeral home job after being required to submit to a drug screen when another driver hit him as he operated a company vehicle. Police assigned blame to the other driver and did not report the funeral home employee as being high.

 

One-Third of U.S. Workers Use Opioids, Integrated Benefits Institute

An analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that “use of prescription pain medications are associated with approximately 261 lost workdays per 1,000 workers per month.”

 

49% of All Job Are Postings for 39 Roles, Gartner

The four most-frequently listed positions are customer service rep, “first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers,” department financial managers and marketing managers. Software developers and computer system engineers/architects are also widely sought.

Trump Shifts All Security Clearance Work to Pentagon, Nextgov

An executive order issued on April 24 eliminates the National Background Investigation Bureau at OPM, renames the Defense Security Service as the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, and sets an end-of-September deadline for having the newly named DoD office handle all federal security clearance background checks.

VA’s Whistleblower Protection Office Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers, Government Executive

The recently created Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection has drawn the attention of the Veterans Affairs inspector general for allegedly smearing whistleblowers, identifying whistleblowers to management and failing to back up whistleblowers when issues go before the VA’s Office of General Counsel.

All But 3 Cabinet Department Lost Jobs Under Trump, Government Executive

Among non-Cabinet agencies, only OPM and the National Science Foundation have grown measurably. The greatest percentage reductions in workforce have occurred at the Department of Education and the National Labor Relations Board.

States See Disappointing Tax Revenues From Legal Sports Betting, Axios

Rhode Island expected $1 million each month but has seen just $50,000. Only New Jersey is consistently exceeding projections, possibly because it does not limit sports betting to casinos.