Drug Testing in the Workplace: FAQs
July 24, 2015
We’ve been covering a lot substance abuse and drug testing topics over the last few weeks here at EmployeeScreenIQ. Below are the most frequently asked questions we received throughout our coverage and from our most recent webinar, “You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: The NEW Basics of Background Screening.”
What are the different types of drug tests?
Urine is the most common specimen for drug screening. Per Quest Diagnostics, urine drug testing detects recent drug use and is the only testing method approved for federally-mandated testing. Businesses rely on laboratory-based urine testing for its cost-effectiveness, capacity to screen for a variety of different illicit drugs and ability to withstand most legal challenges.
Fewer Employers Asking Candidates to Divulge Criminal History
July 21, 2015
For the sixth consecutive year, EmployeeScreenIQ surveyed U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employee background checks. As with our previous surveys, the 2015 survey was designed to provide a reliable snapshot of:
How employers currently utilize background checks.
How they respond to adverse findings on background checks.
Their paramount screening-related concerns.
And their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) responsibilities, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, and evolving ban the box legislation.
Today, I’d like to share our findings as to employers ask candidates to divulge criminal history prior to the background check. Take a look at the information below:Read More
Marijuana Legalization: It’s High Time for Employers to Review Drug Testing Policies
July 20, 2015
Earlier this year, the headline of a Washington Post editorial declared, “Pot is increasingly legal. Employers need to stop screening for it.”
While the first statement is undeniably true, it’s no reason for you to stop testing employees and applicants for marijuana—even if you are in a state that has legalized medical marijuana or recreational use of the drug.Read More