Alcohol and drug use among employees is an expensive and dangerous problem for businesses. Recent studies have shown that drug use is a problem for businesses both big and small. 70% of drug users are employed. This high amount of drug abuse shows that drug testing in 2018 is no longer optional, drug testing is imperative.
Employers conducting employment background screening will need to keep compliance top of mind in 2017. Regulatory oversight, the growing number of class-action lawsuits, and the threat of data breaches all make it a good time to touch base on the trending topics impacting screening programs and practices. With this in mind, Peopletrail released a webinar entitled, Trending Discussions in Employment Screening.
Here are six topics we covered:
1. The Most Important Background Checks an Employer Can Conduct
Many employers rely on simple criminal background checks when hiring. In many instances, employers ignore the most telling information by only conducting a criminal background check. A simple criminal check does not verify an employee’s most important information.
An estimated 45% of all resumes contain at least one major fabrication. Lies from an employee can potentially mean danger. Employers can’t find danger from an employee’s criminal past alone. In our webinar, we’ll discuss the range and depth of background checks.
2. The Rise of Post-Hire Screening
Threats such as embezzlement, theft, fraud, and even active workplace violence can spring from employees at all levels. If an employee commits a crime, their employer might not know until it is too late—unless they perform a post-hire screen.
In our webinar, we’ll discuss how post-hire screening helps secure a workplace and reinforces screening policies.
3. The Limitations of Screening Employees for Prescription Drugs
The fastest growing drug problem in the U.S comes from the abuse of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs often negatively impact workplace safety. Yet the law limits an employer’s ability to question an employee’s medication use. In many cases, the government protects users of prescription medications under the American’s with Disabilities Act and Health Privacy Laws.
Furthermore, the laws around prescription drugs may obscure the results of a simple drug test because the presence of a substance does not constitute an offense. Learn more how employers can still keep the workplace safe from prescription drug abuse in our webinar.
4. Common Flaws in Employer Drug Testing Programs
Weak drug testing programs can fail to detect illegal drug abuse, and that puts your company at risk. Companies must check their drug screening policies and the programs they use. Not only will this keep your company compliant, it will also strengthen your drug screening process.
A strong drug screening process means that employers need to understand the regulations that could affect a drug screening program. Learn more about how to avoid the pitfalls of drug testing programs in the webinar.
5. The Most Common 1-9 Compliance Mistakes
The rules of filling out an I-9 form are enough to warrant a how-to manual and training course. In addition to figuring out the details of 1-9, the responsibility lies with employers to collect and maintain correct information. Employers that fail to complete or maintain correct documentation also meet harsh financial penalties.
In our webinar, we’ll discuss how to simplify 1-9 compliance and learn to avoid common mistakes.
6. The Risks of Using Social Media to Screen Candidates
Nearly one-third of employers have ruled out an applicant based on information they found on social media. Viewing public profiles can provide employers with a lot of relevant insight on candidates. However, this practice puts you at risk for workplace discrimination in certain cases. Some states have even banned employers from requesting access to applicant and employee social media.
When deciding how to use social media screening, the risks versus rewards may cause some confusion. The webinar provides more guidance on social media screening.
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A recent survey conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC) found that prescription drug abuse affects seven out 10 companies, but your business doesn’t have to be one of them.
The survey examined employers’ perceptions and experiences with prescription drugs. The results were staggering.
The results found that 81 percent of employers lack a drug-free workplace policy. Only 19 percent of employers felt that they were “extremely prepared” to handle drug abuse in the workplace.
But the NSC isn’t alone in noticing this problem. Quest Diagnostic’s 2016 Drug Testing Index also recorded a five percent increase in positive drug test results in the workforce—the highest in 12 years. The detection rates for illegal and prescription drugs are rising while the concern and need for safety in the workplace grows.
Drug abusers can foster an unsafe work environment. Furthermore, drug abusers cost twice as much in medical and worker comp claims as drug-free workers. More companies realize that drug testing services bring security and production benefits.
Yet, drug testing alone cannot maintain a safe and drug-free workplace. Employers must also educate their employees.
Employee drug abuse is best prevented when monitored by employers, according to the NSC. Employees who felt supported by employers also see a more sustained recovery.
Ensure a Drug-Free Workplace as Prescription Drug Abuse Rises
1. Drug Testing
Drug testing is an effective part of a pre-employment screening program. When choosing a drug-screening partner, be sure to choose a company that complies with all federal and state requirements.
As drug testing can involve several points and brush-up against local and federal regulations, the time spent on drug-testing can be extensive. It’s important to align with a credit reporting agency that values swift turnaround-times.
2. Drug-Free Policy
Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a written drug-free workplace policy should be available to all current and prospective employees. This written policy should be an integral part of the employee training plan. An annual review of the policy is also a good idea.
This policy should ensure that drug screening includes all employees without exception. You may also want to consider including random drug testing as this lessens the likelihood that an employee will avoid detection.
Depending on your needs and resources, you may want an experienced outside source to explain more about substance abuse detection and prevention. Drug education through both informative lectures and interactive discussion groups has proven to be a valuable safety measure.
Peopletrail now offers new online drug and alcohol training courses for your workforce. You can also contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about drug testing and education services. Let us help you ensure a drug-free workplace.