Understanding Pre Employment Drug Testing

Any successful company in today’s business environment needs to be looking for ways to improve efficiency.  The best way to boost productivity is to be sure you are hiring the right workers who will be able to get the job done.  One of the easiest ways to do this is through pre employment drug testing.

What is Pre Employment Drug Testing?

Sometimes employers don’t have the whole picture about the people they are looking to hire.  Simply put, pre employment screening services help identify potential hires that are likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.  This information is of paramount importance in many industries. Whether your employees will be in contact with patients and children or if the safety of other employees is at stake, you need to be sure they’ll be in a fit condition.

Pre employment drug testing can be done on any kinds of drugs including major players like opiates, THC, and amphetamines.  Additionally there are various methods for drug testing. Hair, blood, saliva and urinalysis tests are the most common. Different tests can be used to identify if drugs have been in the system anywhere from the last 30 days up to the last 6 months.

Why is Drug Testing Important?

Advanced background checks can help eliminate the unfruitful hires that only wind up costing you more money.  Every employer is aware of the hassle and cost of hiring new employees and should look to reduce mistaken hires.  Identifying candidates that are struggling with drug addiction before employment can help keep the day-to-day of your company running smoothly.  The bottom line is, pre employment screening services give you the information to make an educated decision rather than hiring blindly.

Is Pre Employment Drug Testing Even Legal?

Since the Drug Free Workplace Act was passed in 1988, pre employment drug screening has been legal.  This legislation gives the employer the right to know if potential employees are abusers without having to give any further explanation.  There are however, certain state specific guidelines that you may be required to follow.

Generally speaking, even if not required by law, it’s a good idea to follow these three practices.

  • Make sure the candidate understands that drug testing is required for the position
  • Test all potential hires for a position in the same way; avoid discrimination
  • Run all drug tests through a state certified lab

Our team at ESS wants to help your company rest a little easier during the hiring process.  Our mission is to get you all the information you need to know exactly who it is you’re hiring.  Before you make any more hiring decisions make sure you’re set up with pre employment drug testing.  Call us today if you have any questions about the employment screening process!

5 Types of Advanced Background Checks

In this day and age every employer should be doing some form of background check on any potential hires.  Some employers might feel secure by simply browsing through a candidate’s social media profile. Unfortunately a background check such as this will likely miss most of an applicant’s essential information.  This is why advanced background checks exist and are the preferred method.

There are many different paths to follow with advanced background checks.  How much information you need will usually depend on your industry. If you aren’t sure how deep to go or what is required by law, ESS can help you out.   We can supply a needs analysis to sure up the gaps in your current employment screening. For a little more information, here’s 5 of the most common types of advanced background checks.

1.)  Pre Employment Drug Testing

Probably the most common type of advanced background check is a simple drug screening.  The reasoning for drug test background checks is self explanatory. Most of the time it boils down to issues of safety and productivity.  There are some industries that are required to perform pre employment drug testing, like transportation or construction, but it’s something every employer should consider.

2.)  Criminal Records Search

As an employer you have the duty to provide a safe work environment.  That means providing the appropriate safety equipment but it also extends to monitoring the people who work for you.  It’s important you know about an employee’s criminal record to be able to understand if they pose a threat the rest of your workers.  With a criminal records search, you’ll know who’s been convicted for what and can move forward as necessary with that knowledge in hand.

3.)  Registered Sex Offender Search

One of the most important screening services is in identifying registered sex offenders.  If you’re looking to hire in healthcare, childcare, or education, this advanced background check is mandatory.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the rate of repeat offenses for sex offenders is four times higher than other offenses.  For this reason alone, it’s important to get potential employees checked out before you hire them.

4.)  E-Verify

The E-Verify system is set up as a post employment background check.  This government developed platform is used in parallel with I-9 employee authorization to ensure that your employees are not working for you illegally.  This is not a step in the employment process you want to take lightly as it can have serious ramifications.  Make sure your current employees are authorized to work for you.

5.)  Education Verification

If you’re hiring for a highly technical position you’ll want to make sure anyone you hire has the required knowledge and experience.  Unfortunately, some individuals attempt to boost their chances of being hired by putting false info on their resume; specifically relating to their education.  A background check education verification is the best way to be certain your candidates know what they claim to know.

ESS is one of the most experienced background screening companies in the Buffalo NY area.  If you need more information about job applicants, ESS can help you out with an advanced background check that will fit your needs.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or concerns about how the background check process can work for you.

Construction Industry Background Checks

Employment Background Screening for the Construction Industry

Any industry can benefit from performing pre employment background checks, but is crucial in high turnover industries. For construction company owners and leadership, one of the main ways to avoid turnover is to do your due diligence in the beginning of the hiring process. That way is through screening employees prior to their start date, to weed out the wrong hires. Because it’s also a dangerous and high risk field of work, supplementing OSHA standards with FCRA compliant background checks helps keep your company productive, and safe.

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Safety & Security

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, 50 percent of on-the-job accidents are related to drug abuse. Drug testing before and during the hiring process can be a way to avoid unnecessary accidents and keep your team safe. In addition to avoiding potential accidents due to negligence, and the cost associated with that, keeping your property, equipment and proprietary information secure is also important. Find out if your applicant has a criminal history before you put valuable assets in their hands.

Drug Testing

Alcohol and substance abuse is a significant factor for workplace accidents, as we’ve mentioned. When working in the construction industry, it obviously increases the risk factor. According to the US Department of Labor, 35 percent of all absences are due to substance abuse. 40% of Thefts, and 35% of workplace injuries or fatalities are linked to substance abuse. Because all construction workers are typically in danger of risk of workplace accident, it’s imperative to properly screen all employees.

Employment Screening Services is a full service employee background check company with clients all over the United States. We offer boiler plate style pricing, enabling more of an ongoing partnership than a membership fee. If you’re in the construction industry, and you would like a free needs’ analysis to see what you’re paying for background screenings, just give us a call and we will follow up with you.

Background Checks for Healthcare Employees

With the nursing industry being a true 24 hour a day profession, there is always going to be a high demand for workers.  Because of this, the employment process essentially never stops. With nurses constantly having direct contact with patients and their sensitive medical information, it’s important know who your hiring in advance.  Background checks for healthcare employees are a necessary part of the employment process and need to be done well to ensure the safety of the patients in your care.

 

State Specific Requirements

Healthcare is one of the most highly regulated industries in the nation and is subject to both state and federal laws.  Requirements for the employment screening process can vary significantly from to state to state. Additionally, in recent years, it’s become clear that across the nation the requirements for background checks for healthcare employees are growing more severe.  Before you hire a nurse to your staff, make sure you’re partnered with an experienced employment screening service that understands all the state requirements for background checks and drug tests in your area.

Lower your Employee Turnover Rate

Background checks for healthcare employees can benefit your organization in other ways. A staple feature of the nursing industry is it’s high employee turnover rate.  There are many reasons for staff departures that are out of your control but termination isn’t one of them. If an employee is unsatisfactory or doesn’t even meet the requirements of the position it can cost you significant time and money as you search for a replacement.  This is why employment verification is important. Background screening companies, like ESS, are here to help mitigate the risk of unnecessary employee turnover.

 

Why ESS?

When dealing with hiring in the healthcare industry you don’t want to make a mistake that is going to raise liability issues down the road.  You want to work with an employment screening service that you can trust. ESS has worked with hundreds of organizations all over the country.  With over 30 years of combined law enforcement experience and an expertly trained staff we can help you make the best informed hiring decisions possible.  If you need help hiring with confidence, call ESS today.

Mollie Tibbetts’ Murderer Passed Background Check & E Verify, worked Illegally for 4 Years

It’s not every day you hear a story that connects the tragic death of a bright young female to a failed background check. The story of Mollie Tibbetts is unfortunately one of those stories. Mollie was found dead in a cornfield following a 39 day investigation into her disappearance. The FBI led the investigation which led to a confession from Christhian Behena Rivera, who would lead authorities to the place he left her body. The tragic loss has left the entire town of Brooklyn, Iowa struck as there has been no motive reported.

Rivera claims that he began following her in his vehicle, and then ran behind her on a back road outside the town. He then “blacked out” and would come to while pulling into a cornfield with a bloody body in his trunk. Rivera worked just under 3 miles away, employed by Yarrabee Farms for over 4 years. According to a statement from Yarrabee Farms, Rivera cleared all necessary background check procedures.

“This individual has worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing,” Yarrabee Farms said in the statement. “On Monday, the authorities visited our farm and talked to our employees. We have cooperated fully with their investigation.”

National media outlets covering the story have now begun digging into how her murderer was even allowed to work in the United States, after determining he is in fact, an undocumented illegal immigrant.

E-Verify is the online system put in place by the Federal government, to provide employers information on eligibility to status to work legally in the United States. It checks I-9 records from the Social Security Administration as well as the Department of Homeland Security. ESS works with E-Verify to double check everything we do, but have experience in law enforcement, and know the varying degrees of fact checking across state lines.

Fox News | Mollie Tibbetts Murder Suspect Worked Less Than 3 Miles From Where She Was Staying

So how was it that an illegal immigrant worked for over 4 years in a small town, and cleared the background check system put in place by Yarrabee Farms?  Dane Lang, one of the mentioned owners of the farm had this to say in response.

“Yarrabee Farms follows all laws related to verifying employees are legal to work in the United States, and we regularly seek outside counsel to ensure we stay up-to-date on employment law matters,” the statement read. “We keep records on all employees and have shared that information with authorities.”

It remains to be seen how this happened. A detainer was issued for him by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday. When you hire an employee, you’re hiring someone that will represent your company both in the workplace, and out of it. It’s truly unfortunate to talk about a story which led to the death of an innocent girl, which by all accounts should have never happened.

There are particular intricacies put in place to avoid having individuals that are not legal to work in the country, as well as attention to detail that falls on the responsibility of your background check company. That attention to detail is something that Employment Screening Services is built on. When you put your trust in a team to help cover your background screening process for new hires, you expect them to provide factual and complete results. We can promise you that.

You can learn more about the Mollie Tibbitts Case here, and of course if you have any questions regarding your current background screening process, feel free to give us a call anytime.

CareerBuilder Employment Screening | Why You Choose a Partner You Can Talk To

There’s an endless amount of employment screening companies around the country. Careerbuilder, the popular service comparable to indeed.com or ziprecruiter.com has even launched their own version. CareerBuilder Employment Screening promises things like “dedicated account management,” “fast turnaround times,” and “unmatched”compliance. Careerbuilder employment screening even boasts that “their” system can be integrated into any ATS or HRIS workflow. Hmm. Sounds familiar..

The reality is, Careerbuilder employment screening may not be a scam per-se, but it is in a sense, a MacDonald’s version of what Employment Screening Services has been providing for almost three decades.

Think of it this way. No matter how you dress it up, if you’re looking for an employment screening company, are you partnering with a company that prides itself on helping people? Or are you partnering with a company just feasting on an opportunity that slides in perfectly with what they already do?

Let’s take a deeper look into some of what Careerbuilder employment screening boasts as being a differentiator.

Unmatched Compliance

This statement just screams overspeak. How can compliance, something that requires one to be compliant with given regulations, be “unmatched.” Here at ESS, we have prided ourselves in providing the most seamless and helpful partnership possible, with compliance clearly holding weight in any background investigation. It’s just a part of the job.

Fast Turnaround Times

With as many employees and dedicated staff, along with being compliant unlike any other, one should hope turnaround time shouldn’t be an issue. Because we’ve been in this game for so long, we know the in’s and out’s of the court system, and how to work smarter not harder. You don’t just walk in to the bar and know everyone in the place. Unless of course, you’ve been going to that bar and meeting people there for 20-some years! We’ve built relationships all over the country to ensure fast results. Plus, with our integrated online login system, you can have results in 24-48 hours.

Integrate into ANY ATS or HRIS Workflow

Careerbuilder employment screening talks about how their system, that they developed, will integrate into any Applicant Tracking System (ATS), or Human Resources Information System. Well, hate to say it, but they’re behind the 8 ball. ESS has been capable of integration with existing systems for years, and we’re even in the process of improving that user experience for our clients. In the upcoming months, we will be unveiling a seamless backend update that will only improve our existing system. Stay tuned for more!

Dedicated Account Management

Once again, this is a little bit like MacDonald’s telling you that your hamburger was made by a special hamburger maker, specifically just for you. The fact of the matter is you’re not getting anything anyone else isn’t getting from Careerbuilder. You’ll be a number assigned to a temp. Just look at their online reviews if you don’t believe us.

Dedicated account management means human interaction. It means trust. Dedicated account management means knowing you feel comfortable with that person you work with. You know that they are out for YOUR best interest. Our team at ESS, led by Bob Wright, has dug our heels in and worked for years to help build that image in the minds of our clients. When they think about ESS, when they see that logo, when they pick up that phone to call, they know the unrivaled dedication to providing efficient results for every single client.

For more information on partnering with a company who truly cares about the client, and cares about the benefit that background screening provides, just give us a call! We’re more than willing to answer any questions that you may have, and we can have a conversation about what we can do to help.

Remember, if you want delivery, don’t buy a Digiorno.

Quest Diagnostics Encourages eCCF Form, ESS Is Already Paperless

In their most recent newsletter, Quest Diagnostics announced/reminded employers that the old Custody and Control Forms (CCF) would be expiring on June 30. This was to prevent misfiling or using forms that are out of date. In the event that the old CCF form is used following June 30th, the drug testing process will take much more time, causing hiccups in your hiring process.

Luckily, if you’re working with or choose to work with Employment Screening Services for your pre employment drug testing, our services already are paperless. Along with being a client of ours, comes your personal portal entry into the system that enables you to gain access to drug test results quickly and seamlessly.

The form revision isn’t anything too different, just removes a few items and updates a few types of drugs, including four new analytes: oxycodone (OXYC), oxymorphone (OXYM), hydrocodone (HYC), and hydromorphone (HYM). Using old paper forms and new forms can cause issues with overlap, or omission, and take more time to get results back. Quest highlights the ability to use the eCCF form to help avoid this issue, and encourages you to GO GREEEN and switch to eCCF for both federal and non-federal drug testing.

Here are a few reasons why using the eCCF through our ESS Secure Login for Federal and non-Federal drug testing makes your life easier:

  • Fewer Data Entry / Legibility Issues
  • Faster Drug Test Collections
  • Improved Overall Efficiency
  • Less Paperwork
  • Streamlined Delivery to Client

For more information on Drug Testing with Employment Screening Services, simply fill out this form or give us a call. We’re more than happy to answer any questions about federal regulations, or your current in house drug testing policies.

Quest Diagnostics Reports Workforce Drug Positivity Rising, Yet Again

As partners to Quest Diagnostics, ESS likes to follow the trends in workforce drug screening. As we’ve seen in past reports, it seems that some particular drugs have been popping up more and more as of late. Quest provides a published journal called the Drug Testing Index (DTI) that provides insight into drug use across the country. Every year for the last 30 years Quest publishes this report as a public service for employers, government, policymakers, media, and the public.

Highest in Ten Years

Increases in particular drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana have continued the trend of positive tests for workforce drug testing. According to this years DTI, drug use by the American workforce remains at the highest rate in over a decade. This is unfortunate in accordance with the 30 year anniversary of the Drug-Free Workplace Act.

“It’s unfortunate that we mark 30 years of the Drug-Free Workplace Act with clear evidence that drugs continue to invade the country’s workplaces. Not only have declines appeared to have bottomed out, but also in some drug classes and areas of the country, drug positivity rates are increasing.”

  • Barry Sample, Ph.D., Senior Director of Science & Technology at Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions

Here are a few notable findings from the study, which draws from over 10 million workplace drug test results.

  • Cocaine positivity rates increased for the 5th consecutive year, in every specimen type
  • After a 30 year low in 2012, positivity rate remained at 4.2%
  • Marijuana positivity continued it’s 5 year upward trajectory
  • Marijuana positivity was higher in states that enacted new recreational use legislation
  • Methamphetamine positivity skyrocketed in Midwest and Southern States

Being that drug test positivity rates are at a decade long high, it’s clear that any business, large or small, should ensure they’re hiring great employees by drug testing ahead of time. It’s also suggested to provide random drug tests following the hiring process, just to be sure your employees are maintaining their dedication to a healthy mind and body, as well as obeying the law. Your company’s reputation rests on the backs of the individuals who keep the ship afloat, and that’s why you need to screen your employees. For more information on employment drug testing with ESS, just give us a call or reach out via our contact form!

Young Professionals & Smart Drugs | Why You Drug Test

If you’re in the business of hiring young professionals who may be fresh out of college or graduate school, you should be aware of smart drugs. Over the last decade or so, there has been a significant increase in the use of drugs like Adderall, a prescription controlled substance created to help treat individuals with ADHD. Here’s a little more information about drugs like Adderall, and why you should know about them.

Easy to Find

Many young people can get their hands on Adderall while in college. It isn’t too cumbersome to get a prescription to the drug, but it is even easier to find some on a college campus. A study called The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that Adderall misuse is highest among 18-25 year olds, who are getting the medication through another source, such as a friend or a dealer. Simply ask a young person what they know about Adderall, and you might learn a thing or two.

An Edge

So why are these kids using drugs that aren’t prescribed to them? Many will attest to the drugs ability to focus in on, and complete tasks that otherwise might be challenging or undesirable. Someone with ADHD probably takes the drug daily, and is so used to it, they would feel as if they weren’t themself without it. Someone who doesn’t have a prescription could use the drug to help complete an important or difficult task, and become dependent on the drug for success. Despite common awareness that misuse of the drug can cause issues and side effects, the edge that Adderall and other “smart” drugs provide is enough to keep people looking.

Why It Matters

So what does this have to do with hiring? We often talk about what can happen in the event you don’t drug test employees, or what could happen if someone using were to make a mistake on the job. Don’t you want employees who are honest, hardworking, and find motivation in the work? You have to be aware that the normalcy of these drugs for college students puts them in a position of feeling like taking a drug like adderall is associated with doing work. If you’re going to be hiring them to do your work, you want to count on them every day, not just if they found a pill the doctor didn’t even give them.

You should always drug test your employees prior to making a hiring decision. There are specific risks that could occur if you don’t. When hiring young professionals, the chances of them failing a drug test are significantly higher, so establishing that trust can be challenging. They are new, fresh, and can bring a lot to a company, but you should always make sure that their attitude matches their resume. You wouldn’t want to hire someone who isn’t as good as they are when they are on a drug that isn’t theirs.

Hospital Finance Director Charged With $3 Million Embezzlement

Sometimes, you may have an employee who checks out at the beginning of the hiring process, and climbs the success ladder. You can know someone for years before realizing they aren’t who you thought they were. This was the case in North Carolina, where a 46 year old woman has been charged with federal crimes for embezzling over $3 million from a hospital that she was the Finance director for.

For a period of 13 years. Kimberly Russell Hobson, 46, used a scheme that utilized fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises along with false materials to shuffle money into separate accounts. Some went to her, some to her family and friends. She would eventually be caught and plead guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and identity theft.

On two major occasions, Hobson transferred huge sums of money into a Wells Fargo account, directly from a hospital subsidiary account. These occasions happened about 13 months apart, but consisted of transfers of $17,359 and $22,260. Following these two there were several more transfers about one per year up until August of 2017.

When convicted, Hobson will be due to forfeit the following:

  • $3.8 million dollars
  • 2 vehicles including a 2014 BMW and a 2013 Harley Davidson
  • Funds on deposit, totaling $109,704
  • Personal property and cash in Hobson’s possession at her arrest including a Louis Vuitton handbag and cosmetic bag; two Mont Blanc pens; Louis Vuitton sunglasses and case; Louis Vuitton wallet with various credit cards; and a pearl necklace.

Over a decade this woman worked in a high ranking position. Over a decade she stole mass amounts of money directly from the company. Hiring the wrong employee can be prevented through proper background screening during the hiring process. It can’t be stated if the accused was using drugs, or had any criminal record in the past, but ensuring all of your employees don’t is not that cumbersome. Working with a proven background check company like ESS enables you to help speed up the hiring process, and weed out the wrong candidates.

Full Story: North Carolina Woman Pleads not Guilty to Stealing $3M from Hospital

ESS is a national leader in drug testing and background checks for employers. No matter what industry you’re working in, you’re only as strong as your weakest employee. Hiring the right team to perform their duties is one of the most important factors for any business. The opiate epidemic has hit an all time high, which is unfortunate, but also a chilling reminder of why you should always ensure your employees are drug free.

You want to make sure anyone who is going to be handling business under your company’s name is going to be on the up and up, and won’t damage the company reputation. For more information on working with ESS, simply fill out our contact form or give us a call! We love meeting new potential clients and helping them better their organization.