Drug Addiction & The Workplace: Warning Signs of Drug Abuse in an Employee

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Tommy has been a consistent employee, coming in on time and undertaking his tasks perfectly. In fact, HR had shortlisted him as one of the candidates for the employee of the month award. However, things changed. Tommy started missing work regularly and he became withdrawn. A routine substance test showed that Tommy was on drugs. This shocked everyone.

The manager had forgotten that drug abuse in the workplace is becoming more and more common. Many businesses are spending up to 10 percent of their annual payroll trying to rid their workplaces of this behavior. This is because studies have shown that employees who are on drugs affect the overall performance of the business. Most businesses have recorded improved levels of productivity after putting in place measures to curb the drug menace at the workplace. Before you take any step, you need to know how to identify an employee who is on drugs.

Declining Work Performance

Substance abuse reduces the performance of the employee drastically. This drop will be easily noticeable. For instance, you will notice a previously focused individual losing interest in work. The victim will come in late regularly and leave early. The individual will have unfinished tasks or submit low quality work on regular basis.

Increased Cases of Absenteeism

It is normal for an employee to be absent occasionally. However, there is a standard way to communicate the absence. Additionally, the cause of the absence has to be valid and logical. An employee who is using drugs makes absenteeism a habit. The rate of missing work increases with time. Time may come when he or she doesn’t turn up for work at all. The funny thing is that the employee may not offer any explanations regarding the cases of absenteeism.
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Solitary Behavior

The employee starts avoiding co-workers. In most cases, you find the employee in a secluded place far from colleagues. The reason behind this is that the victim thinks co-workers will notice signs of drug abuse. Additionally, interpersonal relations become strained with increased cases of hostility towards fellow workers.

Increase in Risky Behavior

An employee who is on drugs becomes reckless and careless. The worker ignores any safety procedures put in place to handle tasks at the workplace. For instance, you will find the employee tackling risky jobs without any protective gear at all. This endangers the lives of other employees, and increases the probability of workplace injuries. This may end up increasing the cost of compensation, and affecting your business reputation negatively.

Noticeable Physical Signs

A person who is abusing drugs displays changes in physical appearance that you can easily notice. Frequent irritability, instant loss of weight, poor personal hygiene, poor grooming, and fatigue represent some of the signs you will notice. Additionally, the pupils will be dilated or constricted depending on the type of drug the employee is using. As an employer, you need to be keen to notice any of these pointers so that you make the right step.

Why Drug Testing is Vital at the Workplace

You shouldn’t take anything for granted at your workplace. It is only through drug testing that you can confirm the extent of this problem in your workplace. Apart from monitoring your employees behavior and productivity, make periodic drug tests mandatory for all employees. If someone at your workplace seems to have a problem with substance abuse it is important to address the issue in a caring way. Providing an option such as a men’s rehab for a struggling individual can be a helpful way for someone to fix their problem.

They Got Away With What? 5 Baffling Unpunished Crimes

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With the persistent coverage given to court cases by cable television networks and the 24-hour news channels, people all over the world are able to keep track of a variety of cases. Every so often, the public will hear evidence that seems to create an air-tight case against a defendant, but that defendant winds up going free.

The public’s perception of a case can sometimes differ from what the jury hears, but that does not stop people from developing strong opinions. Over the years, there have been many defendants who have been able to walk out of courtrooms free after their trials were over, but there have been a few unpunished crimes that still have people scratching their heads.

O.J. Simpson – 1994

The 1994 double murder case against former football star O.J. Simpson seemed like a slam dunk to the public. There was plenty of evidence to connect Simpson to the murder scene and put him in the general area of the murder at the time that it happened. But people all over the world were shocked when Simpson was acquitted of all charges by a jury. He later lost the civil case, but Simpson never served time for the murders that so many people were convinced he had committed.
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Lorena Bobbit – 1993

Lorena Bobbitt is famous for mutilating her husband’s manhood in response to what she claimed were repeated, sexual attacks. Bobbitt admitted to mutilating her husband and then discarding part of his body in a field. Despite her admission, Bobbitt was acquitted.

Casey Anthony – 2011

Casey Anthony was a single mother who was accused of killer her daughter Caylee. Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence linking Casey Anthony to the murder, and the lack of emotion that Anthony showed during the time that her daughter was reported missing, a jury acquitted her.

There have been several attempts by groups of people unrelated to the case to get Casey Anthony re-tried, but the law does not allow it. As of 2014, the outrage from the verdict is still a topic of conversation on social media sites.

Los Angeles Police Department – 1992

When four Los Angeles police officers were videotaped beating an African American motorist named Rodney King, the entire country was in an uproar. The film was played over and over again on the news, and the case even captured the attention of the United States Congress.

When the four officers were acquitted of all charges, riots broke out in Los Angeles and around the country. Rodney King himself went on television to try and stop the riots by asking everyone to just get along.

George Zimmerman – 2012

In a case of conflicting stories, 28-year-old George Zimmerman was put on trial for murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The initial outrage regarding this case occurred when the police initially refused to arrest Zimmerman for the murder. That outrage was only compounded when a jury in Florida acquitted Zimmerman of all charges.

The legal system does not always see things the same way that the general public does. Mass outrage often occurs when a defendant looks guilty to the public, but that defendant is eventually acquitted. These kinds of incident always leaves people wondering how the defendant got away with it and shakes the public’s faith in the legal system.

5 US Travel Destinations Where You Can Legally Gamble

There are many places in the United States where people can go to gamble. Because gambling is illegal in so many areas, casinos tend to cluster in areas where it is legal. This leads to resort towns that are big draws for gamblers from all over the country as well as those from abroad. Here is a look at the top five US travel destinations where you can legally gamble.

vegas1. Las Vegas

Although Macau has taken over the top spot as the biggest gambling travel destination in the world, Las Vegas still sits in the top spot in the US. People from all over the world come to Las Vegas to experience the entertainment. As well as the many casinos, there are lots of fun things to do in Las Vegas. Shows, dining, dancing, drinking and general debauchery are what Las Vegas has to offer its visitors. Although Macau may be more popular, no gambling destination is more fun than Las Vegas.

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2. Chickasaw Country

Chickasaw Country, located in Oklahoma, is a hidden gem in American’s Midwest. It is home to one of the world’s third largest casino, the famous WinStar World Casino and Resort. With plenty of entertainment for the adults, Chickasaw Country has much more in terms of entertainment. It is a cultural hub for all interested in learning more about America’s Native American heritage. The Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma is the 13th largest federally recognized tribe in the United States! But it doesn’t stop there, anyone looking for great Oklahoma hotels with nearby shipping, spas, golf and family friendly activities will find themselves at home at Chickasaw Country. This isn’t just a stop where it’s legal to gamble, it’s the whole package! Continue reading “5 US Travel Destinations Where You Can Legally Gamble” »

10 Questions To Ask A Car Accident Attorney Before Hiring Them

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When hiring an attorney after a car accident, a motorist can get the money he or she deserves. Of course, not every attorney will do a great job and it is up to a consumer to choose wisely. With that being said, here are the top 10 questions to ask a car accident attorney before hiring them.

1) Specialization: It is crucial to make sure that the attorney specializes in vehicle-related cases. When a lawyer has this as his or her main area of practice, they can represent their clients to the fullest.

2) Size of the firm: A busy law office will often have a hard time making time for a customer. Sadly, this is the norm in some areas and a customer will suffer. When finding a place that cares about customers, a motorist will get solid representation. Continue reading “10 Questions To Ask A Car Accident Attorney Before Hiring Them” »

Microsoft Wins Patents From Google, Should Apple Be Concerned?

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Ask any person on the street about Bill Gate’s reputation, and they might throw out words such as “humanitarian” and “philanthropist” or “tech-genius.” But lately he’s earning another title: “Patent Troll.” The term comes from the practice of coming up with multiple ideas that the competition may use, filing patents on these ideas, and then suing companies who also come up with them.

Recently this has made for icy dealings between Microsoft and Google, as Gates has supported patents for products that seemed destined only to take down competitors such as Google’s Motorola company. It’s a case where products are being invented not to help anyone, but merely to generate income via lawsuits.

In fact, Gates works closely with a company called Intellectual Ventures which holds over 70,000 patents — but does not make a single product. While the company’s stated aim is to license out its ideas to other corporations, many critics argue that what the company really does is wait until its ideas exist via other products, and then sue the makers of those products. Continue reading “Microsoft Wins Patents From Google, Should Apple Be Concerned?” »

8 Strange Laws You Have Never Heard About

Laws are generally helpful in order for the safety and security of citizens. It takes a lot of effort to write a law then to have it approved and put on the books as well, so it would stand to reason that laws would make sense and be kept up to date. However, many states still have strange laws you have never heard about on their books. Thankfully, many of these are outdated and not enforced.

1. In Florida, it is illegal to tie an elephant to a parking meter without putting money in the meter. So it’s okay to use an elephant as transportation on city streets as long as you feed the meter when parking, like any other vehicle.

2. In Alaska, it is illegal to push a live moose out of an airplane. It might seem like an obvious law that no one should push a human or any animal out of an airplane. It is just interesting to think about how much moose pushing actually occurred in order for someone to feel it was necessary to put this law into effect. Continue reading “8 Strange Laws You Have Never Heard About” »

Legal Issues Still Haunting Michele Bachmann

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Troubled by legal problems, Representative Michele Bachmann has already announced that she will not run for her seat again when her term ends in 2014. This hasn’t put an end to the issues, though. In fact, another investigation was just recently announced.

Rep. Bachmann’s troubles with the law date back to her presidential campaign in 2012, when she failed to capture the Republican nomination in the primary. Bachmann is a member of the House of Representatives representing the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota. She was first elected in 2007 and quickly gained recognition for her conservative viewpoints, which culminated in her role in the Tea Party. Riding a wave of popularity following her leadership in the Tea Party, Bachmann announced her intention to run for President in the 2012 election. Though she didn’t make it far – she was never one of the leading contenders – Bachmann allegedly violated several federal laws. Bachmann did well in an early straw poll in Iowa but withdrew after finishing just 6th in the Iowa caucus.

The earlier allegation was against staff members, who allegedly moved funds from her PAC (Political Action Committee) to consultants and an Iowa State Senator. Super PACs are supposed to be independent of the politicians they represent. The newest revelation involves accusations that members of Bachmann’s campaign violated another section of federal election laws. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the opening of an inquiry into illegal communication between a Super PAC and Bachmann’s campaign. Super PACs are outside organizations that are allowed to spend money on behalf of political candidates. However, election laws strictly regulate the ways that super PACs and politicians can communicate. Continue reading “Legal Issues Still Haunting Michele Bachmann” »

Washington State Proposing New Regulations On Legal Pot

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One surprising turn of events during last year’s elections was the legalization of marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado — events that brought to light a conflict between states’ rights and the role of Federal government in determining what laws ultimately stand their ground.

At issue is a major rift between how citizens view marijuana and how law enforcement and government employees view the drug in light of the War on Drugs that has been a political issue since well before Richard Nixon brought the term into popular usage. That view has changed as more citizens have had experience with marijuana, with many suggesting that its effects do not merit the strenuous enforcement of law against users that equate marijuana with harder drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine — even while the dangers of legal drugs such as tobacco and alcohol are made more evident through scientific study.

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