A workplace policy that requires all employees who seek treatment for substance abuse to submit to random drug testing constitutes disability discrimination, according to a New Jersey appeals court. The tests could not be justified by business necessity or for safety reasons and were required of those employees with no history of poor performance.
Recent incidents involving hazardous anthrax and bird flu samples at government laboratories have raised concerns about safety violations that might be occurring at other sensitive labs. A Government Accountability Office publication, High-Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses, explores the latest incidents at high-containment laboratories and discusses the importance of a national standard for operating the facilities. The report found that there is a continuing lack of oversight and assessment in high-containment labs, which may contribute to future safety lapses.