The Importance Of A Company Substance Abuse Policy

The Importance Of A Company Substance Abuse Policy

Gina KeslerEmployment Screening

Why does a company need a substance abuse policy? The company substance abuse policy was created to protect employees and to ensure that the company is complying with all state and federal laws pertaining to drug and alcohol use in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Duty Clause states that each employer: Shall furnish to each …

employee depression, drug abuse, and suicide

Employee Substance Abuse, Depression, & Suicide

Gina KeslerDrug Abuse, Employment Screening

Depression is the number one risk factor for suicide. Substance abuse is number two. Substance abuse is a significant factor in many suicide deaths. Drug free workplace programs can help to prevent suicide. According to a 2019 study that examined almost half a million American workers, the percentage of employees with symptoms of depression rose more than 18% from 2014 …

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Substance Abuse: The Cost Of The Ongoing Epidemic

Gina KeslerDrug Abuse, Drug testing, Employment Screening, Marijuana

Because of increased stress levels due to the pandemic and other social issues, workplace substance abuse has intensified in many organizations — public and private — along with its very destructive manifestations. Prescription drug abuse, opioid use disorder, and alcoholism are among the most common and costly health conditions currently affecting Americans. The opioid epidemic alone in our country has …

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Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Queries Increase As COVID-19 Restrictions Continue To Ease

Maria A.Drug testing, Employment Screening

It should come as no surprise that, according to the June 2020 Monthly Summary Report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there was a steady decline in the amount of pre-employment queries run through the FMCSA Clearinghouse during the months of March, April, and May this year. The economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 is obviously the main reason …

COVID-19 workplace testing webinar

COVID-19 In The Workplace: ATA Webinar

Gina KeslerEmployment Screening

We were recently invited by the Arizona Trucking Association to deliver a webinar. Gina and Jay outlined the processes and procedures employers should follow to integrate COVID-19 testing into their existing physical safety program. The ATA has kindly allowed us to publish the webinar here, in its entirety. A written transcript can be found below the video. Tony: Welcome, everybody. …

Employee Background Checks Are Being Delayed Due To Coronavirus

Employee Background Checks Are Being Delayed Due To Coronavirus. What’s The Solution?

Jay HughesEmployment Screening

COVID-19 has impacted the way all companies conduct business. The background screening industry is not immune to those changes. Oftentimes an employer will find themselves in a position where a candidate’s background checks contain elements that require verification from the source in order to complete the search. Examples of these may be degree or school verifications, or previous employment verification. …

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Employer Obligations During The COVID-19 Crisis

Gina KeslerEmployment Screening

As we enter into week two of 30 days to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s employers face a myriad of challenges never previously experienced. The disruption to our economy has resulted in a sudden halt of business transactions. Revenues have slowed to zero, employees all over the country are working from home, and millions having lost their …

Nevada has not banned employer drug testing

Nevada Bans Employer Marijuana Testing? It’s Nothing But Fake News

Jay HughesDrug testing, Employment Screening, Marijuana

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. A few months ago, businesses in Nevada didn’t know what to believe. It seemed as though the state was about to ban any employer from drug testing their employees. The headlines from June 12th 2019 were everywhere. CNN had Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests, …

2019: Our Year In Review

Gina KeslerEmployment Screening

As we close up another year and say goodbye to 2019, it’s not without celebrating our successes, learning from our mistakes, and sharing gratitude for a prosperous year, supportive clients and a hard working IES team. IES is proud to be members of the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), and I’m blessed to be a founding Board member. …