Section 605(a), of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) addresses limitations on information contained in consumer reports, more commonly referred to as background check reports or background check profiles. This provision is intended to prevent agencies from reporting outdated information.
Some drug test results return as “dilute.” While a result of “positive dilute” is a positive result, a test that shows “negative dilute” does not necessarily mean the test is negative.
As we head into summer most of us are dreaming of taking time off to enjoy the warm weather and the pursuits that come with it. We get excited about having an extra day or two off for the long holiday weekends, but is an extra day or two enough to truly recharge our batteries?
Have you ever sent an employee for a drug screen only to have them not be able to provide a specimen for testing? If so, were you prepared with a backup plan? If not, you should review your testing policies and make sure you have a plan in place. Being unable to provide a specimen or having a “shy bladder” could be caused by a medical issue and may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Quest Diagnostics recently released results from their most recent data analysis of over 10 million employment drug test results. Back in 2010-2012 their analysis showed a 30 year low in positive drug tests. Unfortunately, in 2017 and 2018 the positive rates were at the highest level in the past 14 years. I’m sure this comes as no surprise as marijuana becomes legal in more states, and we continue to deal with the opioid crisis.
ASE’s Annual HR Conference is next week, and as we have for the past couple of years, we are tying a charitable giving campaign to the conference. While we give all the attendees the opportunity to contribute to the chosen charity, you may not know that we also have an internal project for giving to that charity.
If you haven’t put your background disclosure forms through a legal audit recently, you should. While laws and legalese can often be complicated and hard to understand, the regulations on background check disclosure forms require that they are simple and easy to understand. You will also want to make sure that your grammar and punctuation are accurate on your forms, if you don’t want to end up on the losing side of a lawsuit.
We are in the thick of the holiday season, with all the gatherings that include delicious foods and fun beverages. Some of the little bites can seem so harmless, after all, they are so small. And who’s counting the drinks?
As more and more states make marijuana legal, for medical or recreational purposes, or both, more questions will be raised as employers try to deal with the changing laws. One area of particular concern is drug screening. Questions have been raised around CBD oil and how it differs from marijuana, specifically in a drug screen.
The people of the State of Michigan passed Proposal 18-1, also known as Proposal 1 or Prop 1, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Below are answers to some of the questions employers may have around the legalization of marijuana and drug testing in the workplace.
More and more employers are using background screening as part of the employment process. This is important for protecting employees as well as the company. These days we see acts of violence happening in the work place far too often in the news. We also see more litigation against employers based not only on what they knew, but what they should have known, so it is logical that background screening is important.
You run pre-employment background checks on your candidates, and those that pass your company policies for screening are hired. Education and employment information that has been verified won’t change, but criminal records, driving records, and credit reports can change. How do you know if your employees still meet the necessary criteria for their job? Many employers are moving to a continuous screening process to aid in risk management.
We have all been exposed to the belief that things come in threes, deaths, good things, bad things, etc. There is even a name for the superstition that things come in threes, Triaphilia. ASE gets repeated questions in many areas of background checking and drug screening, and the following outlines the most frequently asked questions.
Did you know that except for December, the summer months are more dangerous than winter months for driving? Many organizations have employees that drive as part of their job, so it’s important to keep them educated and safe on the road.
You found an applicant for your open position, extended an offer, and received the results of the background verification. The report has items listed under the criminal or driving checks that you don’t like, so you decide to rescind the offer. That’s no problem because of the background check, right? Actually, that is very wrong and can put your company at risk for a lawsuit.
Opioid addiction and related deaths are all over the news, along with all the rhetoric about marijuana, but those are not the only drugs out there which are becoming problems. Cocaine is making a comeback, and according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, cocaine is second only to opioids when it comes to drug related deaths.
Never judge a book by its cover. When it comes to selecting the best candidates to work for your company, going deeper than just face value should be a routine practice. Yet, according to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey that outlines myths around background checks, not all companies or workers understand the process.
Drug testing laws vary from state to state, and sometimes from city to city. It seems almost every day something is in the news about marijuana laws, and those laws are not always as simple as medical vs. recreational marijuana. New legislation has been passed in several states in 2017, and if your company has offices in other states, it is critical that you know the laws for each of your locales. Following are some of the updates from 2017:
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