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Labor Department Provides Seminar on Drug Testing September 16 at Danbury Hospital

For immediate release
July 29, 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 Sept. 16 seminar offered at Danbury Hospital.

The free event, Drug Testing in Connecticut: Are You Confused Yet? is presented by Danbury Hospital Corporate Health Care. Presenting the seminar will be Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney in the Labor Department’s Office of Program Policy and Jim Fusaro, a special investigator in the agency’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards. 

Among the topics Lattanzio and Fusaro will address will include:

  • Should I drug test my employees?

  • What is the role of the Connecticut Department of Labor 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?

Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and the seminar runs from 9:30 to noon in the hospital’s John C. Creasy Auditorium, located on the fifth floor of Strook Tower, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury.

“We are pleased to take this seminar ‘on the road’ to Danbury Hospital in order to share this critical information,” notes State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “Drug testing in our communities is a very important topic these days, and a subject that both employers and employees need to know as much about as possible. We thank Danbury Hospital Corporate Health Care for providing us with this forum so that we can reach out to an even wider audience than usual.”

Individuals interested in attending the seminar, or those with advance questions that they would like to have answered during the session, can contact Barbara Coles at Corporate Health Care, 79 Sand Pit Road, Suite 302, Danbury, CT 06810. They can also reach her by telephone at (203) 749-5722, 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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