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.,
“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
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535