News Digest 6-16-2021


Cannabis impairment redefined in Nevada

Before Nevada’s AB400 was signed into law last week, many who used those products also drove a motor vehicle within 48 hours of use and likely exceeded the per se blood level limit for THC), the psychoactive component in cannabis, when they did it. A Nevada motorist can get a DUI for prescription drugs, but there are no per se blood level limits for these substances at which a person is presumed to be intoxicated. AB400 does, however, retain a per se limit for THC when paying workers’ compensation claims. Sierra Nevada Daily


Motel closure began with workers’ comp investigation

Prompted by a suspicious gun-related death, an investigation by the New York Workers Compensation Board appears to have aided efforts by the state Department of Health to condemn a hotel that was also the base of operations for the limo service involved in the October 2018 crash in Schoharie that killed 20 people. Albany Times Union


American Red Cross says blood donations urgently needed

Hospitals are responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits, causing the American Red Cross to appeal to Americans to donate blood. There is also an emergency need for platelets, the clotting portion of blood, which must be transfused within five days of donation. AllOnGeorgia


Court says employers can require employees to get COVID vaccination

A federal court over the weekend upheld the right of private employers to require all of employees to get the COVID-19 shots, just as employers have already been permitted to order employees to get flu shots and other vaccines. The ruling confirms an earlier EEOC decision that all private employers can legally order employees to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless the employee has a religious or medical exemption. 11Alive (Atlanta)