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Promoting a Safe Workplace through DOT Testing

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017 by Debbie Lamb, Junior Marketing Communications Manager

Employee drug testing is a single data point in the assessment of an employee or candidate and an integral part of candidate and employee assessment. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), the impact of alcoholism or drug dependence on workplace ranges from increased injuries, higher absenteeism and loss of production. A business that has and enforces a drug and health screening policy will see an increase in the stability of worker productivity while reducing employee turnover.

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HR in the Stoned Age: Marijuana and the Law

Posted Friday, April 28th, 2017 by Debbie Lamb

Based on an October 2016 Gallup Poll, support for legal marijuana use has risen steadily since the late 1960’s. Today, the support rate is at 60%. This is the highest percentage of support recorded in the 47 years since Gallup started asking about the trend. The support for legalization of marijuana is up across all age and socio/economic groups.

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SterlingONE Brings Ease to Background Screening

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Debbie Lamb

Employee screening and onboarding new hires can be complex and time-consuming. With regulatory landscapes and the need to get good candidates in the door faster-streamlined, agile technology and processes are a daily requirement. Sterling Talent Solutions offers bundled solutions that are designed to meet the screening and onboarding needs for your company. From the essentials, including criminal background checks, drug and health screening and easy-to-navigate candidate and employee portals and workflows, to ultimate solutions including Form I-9, new hire and custom forms we have the hiring process covered from end-to-end.

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Complexities of Employee Screening and Onboarding

Posted Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Debbie Lamb

Have you had to get a background check? I hadn’t until I was hired by Sterling Talent Solutions last year. To be honest, I was nervous, not because there was anything in my background that would have a red flag, but because I didn’t know the background screening process and what was needed to complete the background check. I had many questions swirling around my head: What paperwork would I need? Did I have enough reference information? How could I get hiring or payroll documentation from a company that is now closed? How do you get a drug test? How long will the process start? If I didn’t have the information would it delay my hiring?

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Marijuana @ Work: Important Info for Employers

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Debbie Lamb

The increase of daily use of marijuana has dramatically impacted the workplace. According to a recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there is currently 22.2 Million marijuana users aged 12 and up. 25 states plus Washington D.C. have enacted laws allowing for the use of marijuana for medical purposes, while 4 states (AK, CO, OR, WA and Washington D.C.) have passed laws legalizing the personal use of this drug. There is legislation legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana that is up for the vote in 8 more states this November. The legalization of marijuana use for medicinal or recreational purposes in many states across the United States has forced employers to review their workplace drug policies.

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Is Ban the Box Out of Control?

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2016 by Debbie Lamb

When filing out a job application, were you required to check a box asking if you had a criminal record? I have seen these on job applications in the past, but more and more these boxes are being eliminated because of ban the box legislations being passed across the country. While the laws could be reducing discrimination against some people being hired for a job, it can also be quite a challenge for employers.

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