On February 01, 2018, Maine became the first jurisdiction in the nation to implement protections for employees from adverse employment action based on their use of marijuana. Voters approved the recreational marijuana laws (IB 2015, c. 5, "An Act to Legalize Marijuana") on November 08, 2016. This is scheduled to take full effect on January 30, 2017. Maine is now the ninth state to implement recreational marijuana laws); however, the Maine legislature imposed a moratorium on the retail sales and taxation of marijuana until February 2018 to resolve remaining issues with the Act. Read More
Agencies like the Department of Transportation (DoT) requires all licensed employers to conduct regulated DoT physicals conducted by a licensed "medical examiner" listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. A DoT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure. The purpose of these tests is to identify mental, physical, and emotional problems that may affect a driver's ability to safely operate a truck for a long period of time on the road. Read More
Background checks are not a "one-size-fits-all" type of service. In fact, it is highly advised that certain industries conduct specific searches based on the positions they hire for. Employers must identify each position within their organization, and identify any special industry related background checks that they feel would assist in making a well-informed hiring decision aside from a standard entry-level background (i.e. criminal background check). The infographic below illustrates the types of industries that utilize background checks and searches that each industry could benefit from. Organizations must align themselves with a compliant and competent third-party background screening organization that has the capabilities of segmenting searches for certain industries. Read More
We are excited to announce our new and improved navigation experience for using our background screening portal software. We have completely redesigned the system to provide your organization all the benefits of more modern and intuitive usage. By maintaining the same functionality, there will not be an impact on your organization's daily processes. Most importantly, this is a huge step in making our system, your data, and your applicants' data more secure than ever. As we update the language used for our front-end development from Velocity to React, we will be utilizing one of the most cutting-edge technologies, and eliminating potential vulnerabilities from older coding styles. Read More
Employers Choice Screening is a multi-certified, national employment background screening and compliance training company. We welcome the opportunity to work with chief procurement officers and diversity supply chain procurement managers to bid on RFPs and respond to RFQs for employment background screening, drug testing, and mandated employee compliance training services. Read More
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