FRA has made two adjustments to the drug and alcohol regulations. Maintenance of Way employees will now be subject to the same policies and protection as Roadway Workers. FRA has also withdrawn its proposed peer support requirements. As a result, subpart K now includes a revised version of the troubled employee identification requirements that was previously listed in subpart E.
The final rule will go into effect on June 12, 2017. Interested parties may submit petitions for reconsideration no later than August 9, 2016. Comments regarding any of the reconsideration petitions must be submitted by September 13, 2016.