Redefining Employment Drug Testing and Health Screening
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by Leot
2M ago
In January 2024, Sterling announced the acquisition of Vault Workforce Screening, a market leader in drug testing and occupational health screening solutions for employers in healthcare, transportation, and other regulated industries. The acquisition brings together two tenured companies, each with over 30 years of experience in advancing drug and health screening solutions that effectively support ever-evolving business requirements.    As our two companies work to define their joint delivery model, the exciting outcome of this pairing is the union of the best of Sterling’s and ..read more
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8 Ways to Help Create a Comprehensive Cannabis Drug Policy For Your Company
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
When it comes to cannabis legality, there is a lot of information circulating on- and offline. Unfortunately, much of it is outdated, incomplete, or inaccurate. In a recent conversation with David Bloom, cannabis industry panelists Kara Bradford and Andrew Schriever help demystify the state of cannabis affairs in America. Together they outlined 9 ways in which compliance teams can help create a comprehensive cannabis drug policy for their organizations. The following discussion is based on Sterling’s recent webinar conversation, now available on-demand, featuring: David Bloom, Head of Global P ..read more
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Cannabis Companies Utilize Background Checks to Maintain Safe Work Environments Amidst Legalization Status Changes
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
Cannabis legislation is a trending topic across many industries, but what exactly do cannabis companies need to know about the latest legislative and regulatory developments? As individual states are beginning to enact laws to legalize marijuana or are working to maintain its legalized status, the fact is that by now, 17 states have legalized cannabis for adult use, while another 21 allow it to be used for medical purposes. If the rest of the US joins the 17 states that have already legalized recreational marijuana, the cannabis industry is projected to grow exponentially, reaching $30.6 billi ..read more
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3 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Drug & Health Screening
Sterling Blog » Drug Testing
by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
This situation may sound familiar: your perfect candidate has accepted your job offer, you start preparing the required paperwork needed to start onboarding, begin conducting a background check to verify your candidate’s work history, experience, and education, and then you send your candidate instructions on where to complete their required drug screening. And then you hit a wall. Your candidate ends up missing their appointment, delaying their onboarding process. The response time and accountability for the drug test site to deliver results is taking weeks to complete. You’re having to use i ..read more
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Should Employers Consider Oral Fluid Drug Testing
Sterling Blog » Drug Testing
by Leot
2y ago
Though most private employers are not mandated by regulation to drug test their job candidates or employees, many do.  And this is for good reason.  Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe workplace for their employees, as well as ensuring safety for the public that their employees may interact with.  Employers drug test to:       Avoid legal liability in the event an impaired employee causes an accident or harms someone while working.    Maintain workplace productivity by preventing the potential effects brought about by em ..read more
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Drug Testing Delays Q&A with Nathan Anderson
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
What is currently happening with delays in drug testing? The drug testing industry has been impacted by several factors over the last few months, causing delays in drug testing. Most notably, the underlying challenges from the US labor shortage crisis have led to staff shortages at many of the labs. This has impacted all steps in the drug testing process. These lab performance issues caused by a lack of staffing have been exacerbated by other circumstances like natural disasters and the significant increase in volume of testing because of ramped up hiring around the country.  Delays have ..read more
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Effective Drug-Free Workplace Administration
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
Illicit drug and alcohol users can bring significant risk to the workplace. Such individuals are generally less productive, more prone to errors and accidents, and more likely to file workers’ compensation claims. In other words, substance abuse can lead to: Unsafe work environments for employees and the public at large Substandard and unproductive work performance Significant liability and expense to employers The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is a leading source of statistical and trend information on drug and alcohol use among Americans. Results from the 2019 survey conce ..read more
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The State of Healthcare Hiring: Sterling Client Insights
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
On September 23, I had the opportunity to sit down with four healthcare talent management leaders for an open conversation about where we stand, seven months into this pandemic in the United States. I wanted to hear from them how their challenges and priorities have evolved since spring. Certainly the challenges — though different from March — are real. Our clients are juggling a lot, much of which would have been completely unfamiliar a year ago. However, the rate of change has also resulted in swift improvements — ranging from incremental to full-blown transformation — that our panelists fee ..read more
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A New Year Ushers in New Marijuana Legislation and New Challenges for Healthcare HR Professionals
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
As 2020 dawns, several US state and local jurisdictions are enacting new laws regarding marijuana use and screening. These regulations will have a significant impact on healthcare and life sciences talent acquisition professionals. Details matter, so we thought it would be beneficial to take a look at a few of the laws going into effect in this year. Illinois On January 1, Illinois’ Public Act 101-0593 went into effect. This includes amendments to the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act to clarify that employers may still require and conduct workplace drug testing. You can read key highli ..read more
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Marijuana Laws Are Changing: What to Consider in the Workplace
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by Gilbert Colobanea
2y ago
As we continue to track events that can impact hiring in your states and cities, we delve deeper into the larger issue of changing marijuana laws. Most recently, for example, a bill was passed in New York City in April that proposes barring New York City employers from drug testing job candidates for marijuana as a condition of hiring. With Mayor Bill de Blasio neither signing or vetoing the bill, it became a law as of May 10, 2019. The law provides that it will take effect one year later, giving New York City employers until May 10, 2020, to get ready to comply with this law, which is the fir ..read more
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