Council Bluffs - A Symposium on Iowa Drug & Alcohol Testing Law: Policies & Procedures...


For Immediate Release: June 22, 2010
Contact: Carol Morgan
Telephone: (712) 242-2131

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Southwest Iowa ECI August 18, 2010:“A Symposium on Iowa Drug & Alcohol Testing Law: Policies & Procedures;
Drug Recognition in the Workplace, and the Medical Review Officer’s Perspective”

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA – No business, regardless of size or location, is immune to the countless problems that alcohol and drug abuse can cause. Most individuals who abuse alcohol and other drugs are employed, and when they arrive for work, they don’t leave their problems outside the door. Everyone involved in running a business—both employers and employees—suffer when there is workplace alcohol and drug abuse. Some costs are obvious, such as increased absences, accidents and errors. It also impacts absenteeism, tardiness and productivity rates, worker’s compensation claims and the overall climate and morale of the workplace.

The Southwest Iowa Employers’ Council (ECI) and Iowa Workforce Development will be hosting a symposium on “Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Law: Policies & Procedures; Drug Recognition in the Workplace, and the Medical Review Officer’s Perspective of Drug & Alcohol Testing” on Wednesday August 18, 2010 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs.

Pre-registration is requested by Friday August 13th to Carol Morgan at (712) 242-2131 or

. There is a registration fee of $85 to attend which covers meeting expenses and lunch. This program has been approved for 7.0 (General) recertification credit hours towards PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI); this session also meets the one (1) hour continuing education requirement for supervisors under Iowa Code Section 730.5 9(h) and 7.0 Continuing Legal Education hours for Iowa licensed attorneys. A certificate of attendance will be provided at the training session.

“Iowa Drug & Alcohol Testing Law: Updates, Policies and Procedures” with Attorneys Rebecca Boyd Dublinske and Anne Holden Kendall. Topics include:

• Statutory definitions: drugs and alcohol
• Steps an employer must take before commencing any testing
• Employee resources
• Supervisor training
• Who can be tested and circumstances
• Test scheduling, costs, and procedures
• Handling positive test results
• Employer responses to positive tests
• Employer liability issues
• Enforcement
• Other legal considerations
• Iowa Code Section 730.5

Attorneys Rebecca Boyd Dublinske and Ann Holden Kendall are Shareholders with Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen PC Law Firm, Des Moines. Ms Dublinske is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law Practice Groups. She graduated with honors from The University of Iowa College of Law and is a member of the Iowa State and American Bar Associations, and the Defense Research Institute. Ms. Dublinske represents employers in lawsuits involving discrimination and wrongful discharge claims. She is a frequent speaker to human resource and business groups on may employment-and litigation-related topics. Ms. Ann Holden Kendall is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Law Group, one of only three such practice groups in Iowa to earn their firm a “Band 1” ranking in the Labor & Employment area in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Ms. Kendall practices primarily in employment law, including counseling employers on hiring, discipline, termination, discrimination and harassment issues, payroll and personnel policies, as well as employment litigation. Ann conducts management training concerning personnel issues and drug testing and has served as an investigator for clients regarding discrimination and harassment allegations.

“Drug Recognition in the Workplace”, Sergeant Chuck Gorman. Topics include:

• Physical signs and symptoms of illicit drug usage
• Emotional and behavioral symptoms of illicit drug usage
• Drug paraphernalia; or, “all the items in their toolbox may not be work-related!”

Sergeant Chuck Gorman is on the Council Bluffs Police Department and has been in law enforcement for over 17 years as a Crime Prevention Specialist, an Operation Sergeant on the Southwest Iowa Drug Task Force and currently teaches a Masters Degree program at Doane College, Crete, NE.

“The Medical Review Officer’s Perspective of Drug & Alcohol Testing”, Dr Douglas W Martin. Topics include:

• Drug and alcohol testing…what does it cost a business?
• Drug and alcohol testing as it relates to both private and public businesses
• What are the testing methods? What about cutoffs?
• What does a drug test measure?
• Which drugs are tested and why
• How does it work? What are the safeguards to insure accuracy?
• Drug retention times
• Misinformation about testing and myths surrounding drug and alcohol testing
• What’s the best specimen? Urine, Hair, Saliva, Blood or Sweat
• Where are the Feds on new technology?
• What about cold medication? Poppy seeds, passive inhalation of marijuana
• Refusal to test—Adulterants, Substitution
• Negative Dilute—What does it mean? Is it urine?
• Are there products out there to beat a drug test? The World of Adulterants
• What do employees know about drug testing that employers don’t?
• Compliance with state and federal regulations and to insurance companies dealing with compensation claims
• DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations

Dr. Doug Martin, Chief Medical Review Officer with St Luke’s Center for Health and Occupational Wellness, Sioux City, IA. MD, FAAFP, FACOEM, FAADEP, CIME, CEDIR. Douglas Martin, MD attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with a BS in Biological Sciences with Highest Distinction. He attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center, receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree with Distinction in 1991. He is currently serving ACOEM as the Chair of the Medical Review Officer Section and authored ACOEM’s official comments on the Federal Department of Transportation Revised Drug & Alcohol Testing Rules.

All business owners, human resource personnel, managers, line supervisors, attorneys, paralegals, medical professionals and human resource outsourcing companies are invited to attend. Due to the complexity of this topic, employers are encouraged to send multiple staff.

The Southwest IA Employers’ Council is a local employer group supported by Iowa Workforce Development Region 13 including Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Cass, Freemont and Page counties, and is part of the statewide Employers’ Council of Iowa system. All businesses, including Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri employers are welcome to attend ECI events. This employer’s group addresses workforce issues, and provides both educational and networking opportunities for employers and human resource professionals.