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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Effective October 1, 2012 pilots must use FAA MedXpress to complete an electronic application for an Airman Medical Certificate or Airman Medical and Student Pilot Certificate, FAA form 8500-8.  Paper forms will no longer be accepted.  Middlesex Hospital Occupational & Environmental Medicine will walk you through the process and has a kiosk available at both locations to accommodate anyone in need of assistance. 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
 Employment Published in today's Federal Register is the Department of Transportation's Final Rule regarding the use of Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form(CCF).  Importantly, the Final Rule extends the deadline for use of the old CCF until November 30, 2011, and finalizes procedures for the use of the new CCF. 

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What makes the CCF "new"?

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Effective January 10, 2011: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final ruling to implement Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).  Congress enacted Title II of GINA to protect job applicants, current and former employees, labor union members, and apprentices and trainees from discrimination based on their genetic information.  In anticipation of this ruling, Middlesex Occupational Medicine had removed this information from their pre-employment screenings before the New Year. More information can be found using the following links:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Important Message About Examiner Certification:  Section 4116 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to establish a national registry of medical examiners who are qualified to perform examinations and issue medical certificates. The FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) program would require medical examiners receive training and pass a certification test before being listed on the Registry - which will be available to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and motor carriers to identify medical examiners authorized to conduct the CMV driver physical examination.  Read More
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission has announced the mileage reimbursement rate for all travel expenses incurred on or after January 1, 2011 has increased to 51.0 cents per mile. This rate change applies to all claimants, regardless of injury date, and coincides with the federal mileage reimbursement rate pursuant to Section 31-312(a) of the Workers' Compensation Act.  Click here to read more about mileage reimbursement rates, including those for travel expenses incurred in past years.
Monday, September 29, 2010
Interim Final Rule (Effective 10/01/2010):  DOT published an interim final rule authorizing employers to use the new Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form beginning October 1, 2010. In it, the Department made a few necessary regulation changes in order for collectors, laboratories, and Medical Review Officers to know how to use the new form.  The DOT also made a technical amendment to its drug testing procedures...Read More



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