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!

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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.

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.

The Dos and Dont’s of Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing

Drug testing in the workplace can lead to some awkward encounters. Employees can feel like the work environment is against them or that they are targeted if the topic of drug use is brought up. So how does an employer balance a somewhat touchy topic? Reasonable suspicion drug testing is how. This clause in any work contract lets the employee know that if there is any cause for suspicion, they will be tested.

What actually is Reasonable Suspicion?

The employer has a legitimate reason, based on sound judgement and hard evidence, to believe that the employee has been taking drugs. There is no guessing, speculating, listening to hearsay or discriminating against them.There also are exceptions to this criteria. Examples of reasonable suspicion might include but are not limited to:

* Direct observation of drug use and/or physical symptoms of drug use

* Abnormal behaviors

* Evidence that the employee has used, possessed, sold, solicited, or transferred drugs while working or at work

At Employment Screening Services, we are here to help you run a safer, more effective workplace. So here are some dos and dont’s when implementing a reasonable suspicion drug testing policy;

Dos

Let employees know up front that they are subject to being tested if there is a reasonable question of their sobriety. This question should be brought to light by 2 concurring supervisors.

Train management a minimum of two hours of on reasonable suspicion signs, symptoms and documentation. Retraining those individuals on a yearly basis is highly recommended.

Be specific! If filing a reasonable suspicion action against an employee, keep the language concise and specific as possible.

Dont’s

Do not based any action on a prior incident. Reasonable suspicion is only for events that you have directly seen!

Do not over exaggerate or use anecdotes. When creating the claim be specific as possible.

Employee Screening Services wants to help you decrease turnover, accidents, and theft from your workplace. If you’d like to talk about employment drug testing, just give us a call and we can start working together asap!

Sign of the Times | Substance Abuse Amongst Young People

It’s important to screen and check any potential new employee. This is a them across most of the posts here on our blog, but today we wanted to talk a little about drug and alcohol abuse amongst young people. You might be surprised to hear how The Lucky Few, (1923-1942), Baby Boomers (1943-1962), Generation X (1963-1982), and Millenials (1983-2002) vary in drug and alcohol abuse. Taking a look at the infographic below might help shed a little light on the subject, as the results are pretty interesting.

For one, alcohol is the most used substance across all four generations. When at the peak of use, Millenials, Gen X, and Boomers used alcohol in over 80% of cases. The second most commonly used substance across all generation was marijuana. The drug use amongst Baby Boomers seemed to be the most prevalent amongst all 4 generations. It was painkillers, specifically opioids, that the Millenial Generation seemed to stand out much more than any of the other 3 generations. This is unfortunate, yet not surprising as we have seen the opioid epidemic reach records highs.

If you’d like to talk about employment drug testing, just give us a call and we can start working together asap!

 

Workaholics Anonymous | Drug Abuse Among Nurses

Nursing is one of the most admirable positions a person can hold. It takes a kind, strong soul to maintain the desire to continue helping people each and every day. The endless workload can take it’s toll on nurses, as double shifts, rotating shifts, decreased staffing and other factors can lead to high levels of stress. Fatigue, alienation, and the “workaholic” mentality can be tough to deal with and oftentimes, lead to nurses living, breathing, and sleeping through their work. This can lead to drug and alcohol abuse.

Much like anyone else, someone who is in an unstable environment is at risk for abusing alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately for nurses, though the work they do is for the betterment of patients and their families, it is indeed an unstable environment for them. They battle through it each and every day and continue to show up, and that is a testament to all nurses all over the country.

The American Nurses Association has estimated that around 8% of nurses use either alcohol or drugs to an extent that could impair their professional judgement. One could suspect that up to 10% of nurses have alcohol or drug abuse problems, based on the lifestyle that nurses are forced to live. Prescription-type medication use has been noted to be higher among nurses, while cocaine and marijuana use is lower than the general population.

Drug and alcohol abuse can greatly affect an individual’s wellbeing, as well as their families and friends. This could increase tenfold when dealing with the responsibilities that a nurse has when taking care of patients. Drug abuse from nurses is a very harmful and dangerous situation. Just a few consequences that could happen when a nurse is using drugs or abusing alcohol include:

  • Patient mistreatment, including incorrect basic care, medication errors and abuse
  • Patient death
  • Higher hospital or clinic costs associated with legalities of patient mistreatment, stolen drugs, lost wages, training, and re-hiring
  • Nurses may lose time due to treatment, thus receive lower wages
  • Nurses can lose their job and even their entire career depending on the damage drug abuse has caused in their life

Employers that are hiring new nurses should be aware of the risks associated, and implement a drug testing policy with all employees. There are benefits to pre employment drug testing, in order to weed out potential hires who use drugs, but because of how much responsibility a nursing staff has, regular or random drug testing should be on the minds of employers. If you are in charge of hiring new personel at a hospital, nursing home, or any health care facility, turn to an employment drug testing company who takes their position seriously. Employment Screening Services has a long list of clients who know the passion that goes into helping the right people get hired, and preventing the wrong ones from causing harm to your company.

Reasonable Suspicion | Signs of Drug Use in an Employee

Regardless of if you implemented a pre employment drug screening, an employee using drugs is a high risk to your company. You simply can’t afford to risk ignoring a person who is using drugs frequently, or under the influence of drugs while on the clock. This person is not only putting themselves in danger under your figurative wing, but putting their teammates in jeopardy, and could end up costing the company money.

Drug testing all prospective employees prior to their hiring is a good way to avoid letting drug users into the workplace from the get go, but what if you suspect someone currently employed is under the influence? This makes for a time to request a reasonable suspicion drug test. There are many signs that a person may be using illegal drugs, or abusing prescription drugs. Here are a few signs.

  • Frequent Absences With Lack of Notice
  • Flimsy Excuses/Lack of Documentation for Sick Days
  • Frequent Lengthy Trips to Bathroom/Car/Other
  • Irregular Work Performance Fluctuation
  • Evidence of Lack of Attention, Poor Judgement, or Bad Decision Making
  • Typical Issues Causing Serious Explosive Outbursts
  • Memory Loss, Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating
  • Refusal to Take Responsibility
  • Lack of Typical Appearance/Hygiene
  • Intense Personality Changes
  • Fellow Employees Noticing Any Signals

As an employer, the responsibility falls on you to do your due diligence to maintain a staff that is working at the highest of their ability. Without a drug free staff, that task is impossible. Beyond the responsibility associated in ensuring the business runs safely and efficiently, consider the ethical and moral responsibility. If you recognize this person is showing significant signs of drug abuse or addiction, you can intervene and help them fix their situation before it’s too late.

With so much abuse turning into life-altering overdose and in some cases, death, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who appears to be struggling. That being said, legality is in question when drug use is signified. As an American, you have a legal responsibility to ensure everyone in your circle is not breaking the law. Drug users can cause an accident in the workplace, but when left untreated, they can also cause harm to themselves and their family.

If you are considering implementing a new drug testing policy at your company, turn to a background screening company that takes this seriously. When it comes to employment screening companies, you can find a lot of different salesman, but turn to someone you trust. With years of experience working in this industry, following our leader, Bob Wright, ESS can help you today with any background screening or drug testing needs. Just simply give us a call!