July 16, 2012
FYI Screening is pleased to announce a new integration with eScreen to provide drug-screening services to employers nationwide. eScreen’s online management system is power-packed with every tool you need to hire and maintain a healthy, drug-free workplace.
We make drug screening easy.
Originally designed as the industry’s only paperless drug-testing solution for workplace screening, eScreen today offers a full-service product line. You’ll receive instrumented rapid urine drug screens, electronic medical services, compliance administration and other support. No matter what program you need—DOT regulated, nonregulated, drugs of abuse screening, medical services, random testing, physical exams and more—FYI Screening and eScreen have you covered.
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For a demo on how the eScreen system can better manage your hiring program click here.
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June 17, 2009
There is a growing trend in employment screening that places more responsibility on employers to analyze a past criminal record to determine whether there is a business justification not to hire a person.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
Schools Could Hire Former Criminals
Custodians, bus drivers, secretaries and cafeteria workers could work in schools even with a past drug or theft conviction under a new rule being considered by the State Board of Education.
Committing a sex crime, kidnapping and murder still would prevent someone from working in a school. But some people who have committed nonviolent crimes — including robbery, cultivating marijuana or drug trafficking — could show they have been “rehabilitated” under the proposed rule.
The proposal would allow people with those less-serious convictions that occurred well in the past — ranging from five to 20 years, depending on the type of crime — work in a school if they can show evidence that they have walked the straight and narrow since. It would apply to new applicants and current employees.
Read the article here.
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June 8, 2009
October 31, 2008
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October 27, 2008
New London, Connecticut (WTNH.com) — The arrest of a New London teacher on drug charges(crack cocaine) has parents demanding stricter hiring policies including drug testing.
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October 6, 2008
Drug-Free Work Week (October 20-26, 2008) is a dedicated time each year to highlight the benefits that drug-free workplace programs bring to employers, workers and communities. And, it’s a time to work toward making every week a drug-free work week!
It spreads the word that working drug free works to…
- Prevent accidents and make workplaces safer
- Improve productivity and reduce costs
- Encourage people with alcohol and drug problems to seek help
According to recent research, it’s a message that many workers need to hear.
- 75 percent of the nation’s current illegal drug users are employed—and 3.1 percent say they have actually used illegal drugs before or during work hours.
- 79 percent of the nation’s heavy alcohol users are employed—and 7.1 percent say they have actually consumed alcohol during the workday.
Drug-free workplace programs help protect employers and employees alike from the potentially devastating consequences of worker alcohol or drug abuse. Establishing policies, educating about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, deterring and detecting use, and urging people to seek help for alcohol and drug problems are smart safety strategies. They’re also smart business strategies.
Drug-Free Work Week is a time to reinforce the importance of working drug free in positive, proactive ways. To get Drug-Free Work Week resources or learn more about how your organization can participate, select one of the following:
- Drug-Free Work Week Tool Box
- Ideas for Individual Employers and their Employees
- Ideas for Associations and Unions
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July 28, 2008
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a new drug-free workplace toolkit. The toolkit provides employers with the latest information, resources, and tools for producing and maintaining a drug-free workplace.
Why You Should Care About Having a Drug-Free Workplace?
Because Substance Abuse in the Workplace Is a Widespread Problem
Alcohol and other drug abuse is widespread in our society. It affects us all in many ways. Although national, State, and local efforts have begun to show encouraging results, the problem of alcohol and other drug abuse remains a serious problem. No workplace is immune. According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 74.9 percent of all adult illicit drug users are employed full or part time. Most binge and heavy alcohol users are also employed full or part time.
Because Substance Abuse in the Workplace Can Have Serious Consequences
Substance abusing employees often do not make good employees. Studies show that, compared with non–substance abusers, they are more likely…
- To change jobs frequently
- To be late to or absent from work
- To be less productive employees
- To be involved in a workplace accident
- To file a workers’ compensation claim
Workplace substance abuse can also have a serious effect on people other than the abuser. For example, some studies suggest that working alongside a substance abuser can reduce nonabusers’ morale and productivity. It also is quite common for substance abusing workers who are involved in workplace accidents to injure other people (rather than themselves), especially if they work in safety-sensitive industries, such as the transportation or construction industry.
Because, in Some Cases, It’s the Law
In 1986 the President signed an Executive order mandating that all Federal agencies be drug-free.
In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires Federal grantees and recipients of Federal contracts of $100,000 or more to comply with certain regulations.
And Because Good Programs Can Help
Employers who have implemented drug-free workplace programs have important experiences to share:
- Employers with successful drug-free workplace programs report improvements in morale and productivity and decreases in absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover, and theft.
- Employers with longstanding programs report better health status among, and decreased use of medical benefits by, many employees and family members.
- Some organizations with drug-free workplace programs qualify for incentives, such as decreased costs for workers’ compensation and other kinds of insurance.
- Employers find that employees, employee representatives, and unions often welcome drug-free workplace programs. If you do not have a program, your employees may be wondering why.
Click HERE to download “Making Your Workplace Drug-Free: A Kit for Employers.”
(This is a PDF download. Please be patient)