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Labor Department Offers Dec. 11 Employer Seminar on Drug Testing Laws

For immediate release
November 24, 2009

WETHERSFIELD,  An increasingly complicated topic facing employers these days – the issue of drug testing in the workplace – will be discussed in depth by employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor during a Dec. 11 informational breakfast seminar being held in the agency’s Wethersfield office.

Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney in the agency’s Office of Program Policy, and Jim Fusaro, a special investigator in the Division of Wage & Workplace Standards will provide a wealth of information to help employers better understand drug-testing laws and what types of tests can be conducted.

Titled Complying with Connecticut’s Drug Testing Laws, the session will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. and begins with a continental breakfast. The session is geared toward human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys, and other employers who are interested in learning about their rights and responsibilities as they pertain to drug testing in the workplace. 

The December 11 seminar is the second in the Office of Program Policy’s Winter Employer Seminar series. Topics 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?
  • What types of testing can I conduct ?

The pre-registration fee, which is due by Dec. 4, is $25. Pre-registration applications and checks should be sent to Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109.  Registration forms can be obtained on the agency’s Web site at

 Individuals with additional questions can contact Kathy via email at or by phone at (860) 263-6755. Persons needing special accommodations are requested to contact the agency at least one week prior to the event.

In the event of inclement weather, individuals planning to attend should follow the lead of the Wethersfield Public School System. If schools are delayed or cancelled for the day, the seminar will be postponed until a later date.

Subsequent seminars in the winter series include Complying with Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act on Jan. 8; The Essentials of Connecticut Wage and Hour Law on Feb. 5; and Unemployment Insurance 101 on March 12.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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