Is Your Company Ready for California’s New COVID-19 Protection Requirements?

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California tends to be a trendsetter as it pertains to employment law, and in a recent vote, the California Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Board unanimously approved new “Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulations.”  These will go into effect within a few days after approval by California’s Office of Administrative Law. Major Requirements This new regulation really […]

A Look at the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Numbers & How it Relates to Year-End Queries

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is a long-needed tool for regulated employers to help them identify drivers who are prohibited from performing safety-sensitive duties based on drug and alcohol program violations or test refusals. The Clearinghouse also helps facilitate drivers who violate these rules to receive the required Substance Abuse […]

What U.S. Employers Should Know About COVID-19 Testing – Part 2

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In Part One of this blog, focused on helping employers understand the multi-faceted strategies needed to reopen workplaces following the pandemic, I mentioned that there are two main types of COVID-19 tests available: diagnostic (tests for current infectivity) and antibody (tests to determine previous infection). As HireRight’s Chief Medical Officer, I receive a lot of […]

What U.S. Employers Should Know About COVID-19 Testing – Part 1

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The marketplace is flooded with information on COVD-19 testing; however, much of that information is technical in nature and difficult to understand. As HireRight’s Chief Medical Officer, I receive a lot of questions from employers about testing. What are the various testing methodologies available in the current market? When can employers conduct testing? How should […]

Testing for COVID-19 (C-19) in the Return to Work Employment Arena

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In a departure from original Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, the EEOC published an update on June 17th, 2020 that prohibits employers mandating C-19 antibody testing for employees returning to the worksite.  Please reference the EEOC technical assistance Questions and Answers via the following link: https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-issues-updated-covid-19-technical-assistance-publication-addressing-antibody-testing With this new EEOC stance, employers who are […]