Pros and Cons of Various Drug Testing Specimens

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What is the preferred specimen (urine, saliva, hair) for use in a workplace drug testing program? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. The choice depends on a variety of factors including: federal regulations, a company’s level of risk tolerance, desired detection length, costs, and the type of testing required – (pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident […]

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5 Memorable Excuses for Failing a Drug Test

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“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” –Don Wilder For many employers, one of the most common steps in the process of hiring a candidate is conducting a drug screening. HireRight’s 2015 Annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Report states that two-thirds of companies that responded to our survey perform drug screening, the […]

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Four Common Myths about Drug Testing

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When it comes to employment drug testing, there are several common misunderstandings and misconceptions, both for companies and individuals. Here we will examine some of the most prevalent myths. Illicit drug use doesn’t impact work safety Studies show that drug use directly contributes to an unsafe work environment. Alcohol and drugs are responsible for one […]

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Top 10 Most Creative Reasons for FAILED Drug Tests

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For employers, drug and alcohol testing is an important part of employment screening both before and after hire. Fifty eight percent of the respondents surveyed in HireRight’s 2014 Annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Report indicated that their organization conducted drug and/or alcohol screening, and this number jumped to 62% for respondents with organizations of more than 4,000 […]

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So You Want to Address Medical Marijuana in Your Workplace Drug Policy?

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A number of employers are responding to the rapidly changing environment of medical marijuana laws in the United States by engaging in a review of their workplace drug policies. In fact, some of these organizations are considering including provisions in their policy that directly addresses medical (and sometimes recreational) marijuana use by employees. If your […]

4 Common Flaws in Employment Drug Testing Programs

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According to the 2011 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 65 percent of respondents conduct pre-employment drug testing. While these employers are taking helpful steps towards creating a safer and more productive workplace, many may have made some common missteps in the development and management of their drug testing program. An inadequate drug testing program could […]