Positive Employment Drug Test Results Increase for 2nd Consecutive Year

Decades long decline shows possible reversal in workforce drug use.

The percentage of American workers who tested positive for illicit drugs increased for the second consecutive year in the U.S. workplace. This comes from a study based on over 10 million pre employment and employment drug tests by Quest Diagnostics. Employment drug testing significantly decreases the risk involved in hiring a new employee that could cost you money, and damage your reputation.

“American workers are increasingly testing positive for workforce drug use across almost all workforce categories and drug test specimen types. In the past, we have noted increases in prescription drug positivity rates, but now it seems illicit drug use may be on the rise, according to our data,” “These findings are especially concerning because they suggest that the recent focus on illicit marijuana use may be too narrow, and that other dangerous drugs are potentially making a comeback.”

-Robert Dupont, former Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Urinalysis tests, hair follicle drug tests, and reasonable suspicion drug testing are a few variations of employment drug testing that employers use to avoid hiring drug users.

Illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine are clearly associated with impaired physical and cognitive functions. Dupont went on to talk about the risks involved with employees who use these illicit drugs, in our outside of the workplace.

“The increases in illicit drug positivity in employment drug testing should get employers and policymakers to take notice of the serious risks these drugs create for productivity, health and safety,”

With trends showing an increase in positive drug test results, now is the time to ensure your potential new hire, or current employee pool is drug free. The only way to verify the trust between you and your team is to instill a drug testing policy. For information about pre employment drug testing, urinalysis tests, hair drug tests, or any employment verification services, please give us a call at 716-332-2274.

Negligent Hiring

Negligent hiringA legal claim made against an employer by a damaged employee/client who claims that the employer either knew about or should have known about a situation in the employee’s past that indicates they may be violent or untrustworthy.

Most businesses and organizations are familiar with negligent hiring. But are all taking the necessary steps to avoid bad hires?  No employer is invulnerable to litigation resulting from negligent hiring practices. And in a weak economy, with theft and violent incidents increasing, it’s essential for employers to establish effective risk prevention measures.

As a result of negligent hiring, a company can be sued if an employee injures or harms another employee/client, especially if the company could have foreseen a problem but did not do a thorough check of the new employee before hiring. It’s necessary for employers to perform due diligence by conducting background checks on every employee hired, regardless of the size of their workforce. If the background check fails to reveal such information, companies can hire the ­indi­vidual without being considered negligent.

Companies could dispute that the cost of conducting background checks is prohibitive. But the cost of not performing due diligence resulting in negligent hiring can be far greater. Violence, theft, and drug use are reasons alone to prescreen applicants. Even if an applicant is a referral, it doesn’t mean he or she is a quality employee. Further, the consequences of shortcutting these simple steps can be devastating — ranging from massive financial settlements, bad publicity, and, in the worst case, loss of life.

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Robert Wright

ESSLLC

Employment Screening Services Launches A New Website

The launch of our new website has been a work in progress for quite some time. We welcome you to discover the new Employment Screening Services, as we continue to provide the direction and critical infrastructure to help take pre-employment screening to new levels.

We are extremely excited to share our new site with you, which represents an entirely updated face for ESS’s online presence. We feel incredibly proud of what is unfolding here. This has been a collaborative effort by our dedicated staff who contributed enormously to this project. We also benefitted greatly from the valuable input of our clients.  All of these people illustrate the best of what ESS truly is: dedicated, enthusiastic, and forward-looking. We thank and congratulate them all on a job well done!

We set out to energize our appearance, hoping to bring you a website that you can easily navigate and frequently visit. And we think we’ve accomplished just that. It has meant re-building what was already a complex and in-depth website and setting the stage for a brand new, user-friendly site. It is our hope that this site is one you will want to visit and one you will want to take with you on your tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.

“New but better,” this is what we set out to achieve. The new site continues to provide all of the information and helpful tools previously accessible but includes many other new features.  One of which we are very proud of is our blog now named ESS xChange.  ESS xChange will be a perfect place for the sharing of industry ideas and advice.  Human Resources professionals from all over the world will be able to help one another navigate through the pre-employment screening process.  Look for Attorney’s, Human Resource Professionals, Compliance Specialists, Substance Abuse Experts and many others to share their expertise and experiences.

We are not going to stop here.  In the near future look for many new and innovative additions to our new website.