Very often we get asked about the situation of an employee not performing well due to suspected substance abuse. First Things First! Does your company have an up-to-date Drug Free Workplace Policy (DFWP)? If yes, then you need to follow it. If no, then GET ONE immediately! If you are drafting a DFWP, one major […]
Federal court holds breath testing for alcohol in employment situations is illegal in Maryland
Breath is not an allowable specimen for alcohol testing for employment purposes. It is important to note that this does not apply to Department of Transportation (DOT) testing. For DOT purposes breath is an allowable specimen for testing for alcohol. DOT regulations are not subject to state laws. EMPLOYERS BE ADVISED! Does this mean an […]
Drug testing absolutely, positively reduces absenteeism and involuntary turnover!
And drug testing has a Return on Investment of at least $14 to $1. But Jim, you say, the only way to absolutely, positively prove that statement is to drug test a pool of job applicants, identify who was positive for illegal drugs, and then track their job performance. And, you say, in today’s environment […]
There Are Different Types of Criminal Convictions?
Does your firm include criminal convictions in your background investigation package? Most would answer yes. Ah, but did you know there are two major sources of criminal convictions. State (local) District Attorneys initiate violations of local laws at the county level. Federal District Attorneys initiate violations of federal laws. So, federal criminal convictions are held in federal district courts […]
Is FBI Criminal Database 100% accurate? Want to know why it isn’t? Want to know what to do?
The Washington Post recently published an article called “Growing use of FBI screens raises concerns about accuracy“. The article highlights the fact that many of the FBI’s Criminal Records only list arrests without reporting the disposition of those arrests i.e. did the arrest result in a conviction. Using arrest records to make an adverse hiring […]