Prescription drug screening

Can Employers Test for Prescription Drugs?

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Many of today’s employers are concerned with the impact of prescription drugs on the workplace. After all, the use and abuse of prescription medications, like illicit drugs, can sometimes have negative effects on the workplace: increasing the potential for on-the-job accidents, impacting job performance, and providing a stronger impetus for workplace theft. In some cases, […]

Rhode Island Enacts “Ban the Box” Law Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Inquiries Until First Job Interview

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Effective January 1, 2014, a recent amendment to Rhode Island law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by Rhode Island employers about a job applicant’s criminal past. Employers who are covered by the law may not inquire about an applicant’s prior criminal history until during or after the first interview with the applicant.   […]

Medical marijuana

Do Employee Protections for Marijuana Use Exist Under the Law?

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Many employers in the United States are struggling to respond to an ever-changing legal framework surrounding marijuana use. As more state populations and legislatures consider and approve the medical—and, in the case of Colorado and Washington, the recreational—use of marijuana, the fundamental question for many organizations is: do we need to accommodate our employees’ ability […]

Form I-9

Despite Inefficiencies, Employers Report High Levels of Confidence in Employment Eligibility Processes

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The employment eligibility programs at many organizations are areas ripe for improvement and greater efficiencies, as found by HireRight’s 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report. According to the report, many employers are utilizing outdated processes for managing the completion, review, and storage of their I-9 forms. Yet, in spite of this opportunity for improvement, the majority […]

Employment drug testing

Employers Continue to Realize the Importance of Drug Testing

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Drug and alcohol testing continue to be a critical part of the hiring process for most employers, as found by HireRight’s recently released 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report. For the second year in a row, 78% of the organizations surveyed reported performing drug and alcohol tests on their workforce, an impressive increase from just 69% […]

backgroundchecks risk

Employers Report Having Troublesome Gaps in their Background Screening Programs

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Employment screening is a critical component of most organizations’ hiring programs, seeing as background screening produces a wealth of benefits: promoting a better quality of hire, helping employers comply with state and federal legislation, mitigating a wide range of workplace risks, and protecting their hard-earned reputation. In fact, 97% of the organizations responding to HireRight’s […]