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Labor Department Offers Complying with State’s Drug Testing Laws Seminar September 26th

For immediate release
September 2, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Drug testing in the workplace – a subject employers in this state often view as a complex matter – is the topic of discussion during a Sept. 26 breakfast seminar sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Program Policy. Titled “Complying with Connecticut Drug Testing Laws,” the event is part of the agency’s ongoing Employer Education Breakfast Seminar series. It will be held 8 to 11 a.m. at the agency's Central Office, 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. 

“Drug testing can be a very confusing issue for employers and our goal is to clarify both state and federal law," explains State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. "This seminar is geared toward human resource professionals, company managers, attorneys and business owners who need to learn more about their rights and responsibilities for drug testing in the workplace.” 

The morning will include a continental breakfast, along with information to help employers better understand the language regarding federal and state drug testing laws. The seminar will also address topics including, when and if drug testing is appropriate, and how frequently an employee can be tested. 

Presenting the seminar will be Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney in the Office of Program Policy, and Jim Fusaro, a special investigator in the Labor Department’s Division of Wage & Workplace Standards.

Topics being covered will include: 

  • Why do I need to know anything about drug testing?
  • Do I have to drug test my employees?
  • Should I drug test my employees?
  • What is the role of the Connecticut Labor Department in drug testing?
  • What is the relationship between state and federal law?
  • What is pre-employment drug testing?
  • What is random drug testing?
  • What is reasonable suspicion drug testing?
  • What is a high-risk, safety-sensitive occupation?
  • Can an employee who fails a drug test qualify for unemployment benefits?

Individuals planning to attend the breakfast seminar can visit the agency's Web site at to download an application that can be sent to the Department of Labor. The pre-registration fee, which is due by Sept. 19, is $25. Pre-registration applications and checks should be sent to Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Program Policy, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109. Individuals with questions can contact Kathy at (860) 263-6755 or via email her at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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