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9

Jul

2019

Background Check 7-Year Reporting Limit

Author: Susan Chance

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 This provision is intended to prevent agencies from reporting outdated information.

18

Jun

2019

What Does a “Dilute” Drug Test Result Mean?

Author: Susan Chance

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.

28

May

2019

Does Under Utilization of Vacation Time Help or Hinder an Organization?

Author: Susan Chance

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?

7

May

2019

When an Employee or Candidate Can’t Provide a Drug Testing Specimen

Author: Susan Chance

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).

16

Apr

2019

Positive Drug Test Results on the Increase

Author: Susan Chance

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.

26

Mar

2019

Spring Clean Your Background Screening Process

Author: Susan Chance

It’s hard to tell by the weather we had last week, but it is spring. Spring is that time of year when we start to see that change from everything being gray and dirty, to becoming green and colorful with the flowers that start to grow. It is also time for spring cleaning. Most people think of giving their home a thorough cleaning, putting the winter accoutrements away, and generally getting things in order for the new season. But when is the last time you gave your background process a...

5

Mar

2019

The Value of Charitable Giving

Author: Susan Chance

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.

12

Feb

2019

Have You Reviewed Your Background Disclosure Forms for Proper Grammar and Clarity?

Author: Susan Chance

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.

22

Jan

2019

How to Get Motivated at Work When Fighting the Winter Blahs

Author: Susan Chance

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, we are left with cold days and too little sunshine. This gives most of us the winter blahs which causes us to feel more tired, and motivation to get work done can be a challenge. Our year-end results depend a lot on our successes early in the year. So how can we stay motivated at work, especially when we don’t get enough sunshine and for many of us, it is dark when we come to work and dark when we go home?

18

Dec

2018

Avoid Holiday Hangover

Author: Susan Chance

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?

27

Nov

2018

CBD Oil – How it Differs from Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

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.

6

Nov

2018

Marijuana is Legalized in Michigan - How Will it Affect Workplace Drug Testing?

Author: Susan Chance

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.

16

Oct

2018

Using Criminal Checks in Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

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.

25

Sep

2018

Senate Bill 2155 Amends the FCRA

Author: Susan Chance

Senate Bill 2155 was enacted to provide protections and improvements for consumers regarding financial transactions such as credit, mortgages, and student loans. This bill also changes the way some institutions such as banks and credit unions do business, and it amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), adding a new section, 605A(i). The FCRA governs background verifications, and there are some important changes that any employer running backgrounds through Credit Reporting Agencies must...

4

Sep

2018

The Value of Continuous Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

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.

14

Aug

2018

Your Background Screening FAQ’s Answered

Author: Susan Chance

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.

24

Jul

2018

Credit Checks in Background Verifications – Do You Know the Rules?

Author: Susan Chance

Regulations regarding background checks are updated constantly. Changes regarding the use of criminal checks in hiring decisions are publicized every time a new state or city decides to enact legislation on this subject. The amount of press given to requirements on authorization forms has been growing the last couple of years as the number of lawsuits regarding this topic also grows. But what about the regulations regarding the use of credit checks in a background verification?

26

Jun

2018

Is Boredom Killing Your Employees?

Author: Susan Chance

Jobs that are repetitive are necessary, but can become boring, and even unhealthy for your employees. It may be a basic data entry position where a person sits and keys in information all day, every day. It could be a line job, where the person must repeat the same motions over and over again. Perhaps it’s an administrative job, where the employee formats documents all day. Whatever those tasks may be, it’s up to the employer to keep the employees engaged, and it is to the...

5

Jun

2018

Keep Your Workplace Drivers Safe

Author: Susan Chance

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.

15

May

2018

Can You Rescind an Offer if a Background Check Finds Criminal Records?

Author: Susan Chance

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.

24

Apr

2018

Cocaine – The Next Drug Crisis?

Author: Susan Chance

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.

3

Apr

2018

Myths Surrounding Background Checks

Author: Susan Chance

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.

13

Mar

2018

Drug Testing Laws Vary by State

Author: Susan Chance

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:

20

Feb

2018

Lack of Light Affects Work Performance

Author: Susan Chance

The days of winter are passing, but in a month with so much cold, snow, and grey days, it can feel like we are stuck in Groundhog Day, just like the character Phil from the movie. Phil’s prediction for the weather, “It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life” has February written all over it. Some workers may be feeling the effects of these cold, gray days in this final stretch of winter.

30

Jan

2018

Avoid Your Own HR Horror Story

Author: Susan Chance

While more and more companies are conducting background checks and drug screening, there are still many employers who don’t want to spend the money it takes to complete a thorough background check.  Penny wise, pound foolish is an old British saying that means to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and not careful enough about larger amounts of money.  Failing to complete a full background check on new employees may be a pound foolish decision especially when...
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