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The workplace drug testing rules around Europe

Posted by John Wicks on Jan 9, 2019

Workplace drug testing in Europe is a tricky business.

The European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to personal privacy, but waives it for cases involving public safety, the prevention of disorder and crime, or the protection of health and morals - among others. Further directives state that employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of workers (at the employer’s cost), and they must consult workers on questions related to health and safety at work. Employees, meanwhile, are obliged to inform their employers of any serious and immediate danger to safety and health in the workplace - including their own.

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Our top hair testing blogs of 2018

Posted by John Wicks on Dec 14, 2018

To (mis) quote John Lennon: hair testing moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.

So, just in case you’ve missed any of our blogs over the last 12 months, here’s a gift-wrapped bundle featuring our top hair testing blogs of 2018…

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10 dates all family lawyers should have in their 2019 diary

Posted by John Wicks on Nov 29, 2018

The family law calendar is looking pretty busy for 2019. Bill reforms, report publications, conferences, elections and (of course) Brexit are all likely to have an impact on the work family lawyers do next year.

Some of these things will have more impact than others, but it’s good to be prepared. And prepare you we have, with our guide to 10 dates that all family lawyers should have in their diary for 2019.

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Efficient, helpful, speedy: What our customers say about us

Posted by John Wicks on Oct 30, 2018

A robust collection process and accurate, timely, reliable results are crucial in the work we do. But important as they are, they’re not the only things that keep us in business.

Whether carrying out a single test or developing a longer term relationship, we want to give you - and your clients - an experience as easy, friendly and worry-free as possible.

That’s why we recently conducted qualitative research amongst clients past and present: to gauge what’s working well for our customers, what we could do better, and what matters most to them when testing for drugs and alcohol.

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CBD and THC oils: What's the difference and should you be testing for them?

Posted by John Wicks on Oct 18, 2018

While cannabis is being legalised across the US and beyond, there’s no sign of it happening in the UK any time soon - at least, not for recreational use. Medicinal cannabis is a different matter: this summer, a 12-year-old in Northern Ireland was granted an emergency licence to treat his rare form of epilepsy with cannabis oil.

There are two forms of cannabis oil, CBD and THC: the former legal, the latter an illegal substance (and the oil that 12-year old Billy was prescribed). But what is the difference between the two, and should family lawyers, workplaces and social workers be testing for them?

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