Trucking Companies Struggle to Maintain Effective Drug Screening Programs

Trucking Companies Struggle to Maintain Effective Drug Screening Programs

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Over the last two decades, the trucking industry has experienced a distinct decline (from 19 percent to 2 percent) in lab-positive results from drug and alcohol tests—a trend no doubt introduced by federal law passed in 1991 that requires transportation companies to perform these screens on their drivers. This downward trajectory has, however, leveled off […]

Court Finds Maryland Drug and Alcohol Testing Law Prohibits Breath Alcohol Testing

Court Finds Maryland Drug and Alcohol Testing Law Prohibits Breath Alcohol Testing

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In September 2013, a Maryland federal court found that employers are unable to require breath alcohol testing of employees under the Maryland drug and alcohol testing law. In Whye v. Concentra Health Services, Inc., two employees suit filed against their testing provider for fraud and invasion of privacy after their employer required them to undergo […]

Bills Signed into Law in California will Benefit Undocumented Residents

Bills Signed into Law in California will Benefit Undocumented Residents

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On October 5, 2013, Gov. Edmund G. Brown of California enacted multiple immigration-related bills, benefiting undocumented residents. The laws are intended to “enhance school, workplace, and civil protections for California’s hardworking immigrants.” SB 666: Suspension or revocation of business and professional licenses for immigration-based adverse employment action SB 666 establishes grounds for the suspension or […]

What Health Care Providers Should Know Before Outsourcing Background Screening Duties

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The rapid growth of negligent hiring and negligent retention claims against health care organizations are financially devastating. Employers fighting these claims are almost guaranteed to lose, and lose big. Health care organizations have about a 75% losing rate with an average payout summing to over one million dollars per case of negligence. A case study […]

House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Bill

House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Bill Designed to Receive Bipartisan Support

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Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL), introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15) on October 2, 2013. The comprehensive immigration reform bill modeled after Senate bill 744, had 161 co-sponsors as of October 6. Provisions of the bill would carry out the following: Expand the scope of E-Verify and authorize its use; […]

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5 Need to Knows About E-Verify and the Government Shutdown

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As a result of the government shutdown, users will be unable to access their E-Verify account. During the shutdown, users will be unable to: Enroll any company in E-Verify Verify employment eligibility View or take action on any case Edit your company information Run reports Among others. In addition, employees will be unable to resolve […]