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Complying with Connecticut Drug Testing Laws Seminar June 12 at Greater Valley Chamber
Labor Department Brings Program to Shelton

For immediate release
May 26, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, An increasingly complicated topic facing employers these days -- the issue of drug testing in the workplace -- will be discussed by employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Program Policy and Division of Wage and Workplace Standards during a June 12 seminar held in Shelton at the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Titled Complying with Connecticut Drug Testing Laws and presented by the Griffin Hospital’s Occupational Medicine Center, the seminar will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce offices, located on the second floor of the Wachovia Bank building at 900 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton 

There is no charge for Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce members attending the event and $10 for non-members.

Presenting the seminar will be Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney in the Labor Department’s Office of Program Policy, and Jim Fusaro, a special investigator with the Division of Wage & Workplace Standards. Employers have lauded Lattanzio and Fusaro, who often take part in the agency’s ongoing Employer Education Breakfast Seminar series, for providing interesting and fact-filled presentations.

Also speaking will be Philip Adamou, M.D., medical review officer for the Griffin Hospital Occupational Medicine Center, who will discuss The Impact of Substance Abuse in the Workplace.” 

Topics Lattanzio and Fusaro will address include: 

  • Should I drug test my employees?

  • What is the role of the Labor Department in drug testing?

  • What is pre-employment drug testing?

  • What is random drug testing?

  • What is reasonable suspicion drug testing?

  • What is a high-risk, sensitive occupation, and

  • Can an employee who fails a drug test qualify for unemployment benefits?

“We are pleased to take this seminar ‘on the road’ and to share this important information with individuals in this part of the state,“ noted State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “Drug testing in the workplace can be a complex issue and we thank the Griffin Hospital’s Occupational Medicine Center and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce for providing us with this forum so that we can get this information out to an even wider audience than usual.”

Individuals interested in attending the June 12 seminar are asked to contact the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce by telephone at (203) 925-4981, by fax (203) 925-4984, or via email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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