Insider Prediction: Employee Screening Trends to Watch in 2012

As 2011 fades into memory, we at A-Check are making the following predictions for this year:

  1. Credit report and criminal records information use by employers will continue to come under scrutiny by individual state and country legislatures, privacy rights advocates and special interests, making compliance the number one concern for employers this year.
  2. International screening services will continue to grow at a fast clip. Employee screening companies that do not have comprehensive international networks will work through companies like A-Check, that do, to obtain international background check results rather than build their own networks.
  3. Integrations of background screening within ATS/HRIS/VMS systems will be the norm, not the exception, at least for enterprise clients.
  4. Social-media based background checks will be challenged in court. As an employer, if you can’t ask about something in a job application or inteview, you should not find out about it through FaceBook.
  5. More and more employers stung by poor service and liability issues from low-price leader background screening companies will continue to seek out medium-sized providers like A-Check that offer all the technology and global infrastructure of the largest players but have not forgotten the art of customer service.
  6. Screening Industry mergers and aquisition activity will continue to have a negative effect on service quality for employers unfortunate enough to be a client of these companies during such activity.
  7. Poor employee screening practices that may save money in the short run but are detrimental to applicants will continue to arouse the attention of the EEOC, the FTC and class action lawyers looking for deep pockets, with serious consequences both monetary and PR-related.
  8. As troops return home from active duty, more and more military service verifications will come into play as these veterans transition to civilian employment.
  9. As state budgets continue to feel the effects of the economic downturn, early release of convicted criminals will mean employers must redouble efforts to remain vigilant about whom they onboard.

Each of these trends demand a screening partner like A-Check, with a strong emphasis on compliance, technology infrastructure and customer service.

Substance Abuse Screening Options: Instant Drug Detection Devices

Today’s generation of advanced instant screening devices allow employers to clear and place applicants with speed and peace of mind.

For employers and job functions not regulated by DOT, the use of these devices can mean the difference between instant placement of an applicant and two days wait through a lab-based urinalysis process.

Available evidence shows virtually no difference in error rates between lab-based substance abuse screening and reputable instant-detection type devices, making them an ideal option that delivers results faster and more economically.

T-CUP – Instant Urinalysis Cups
A-Check offers the Premier Biotech T-CUP, an instant drug detection cup that features detection of up to 15 drugs of abuse with an accuracy of 99 percent. Results are available in as little as one minute. The T-CUP is fast, efficient and economical.

ORAL DETECT – Instant Oral Fluid Drug Detection
For a less intrusive method with virtually no “ick” factor, A-Check offers the Premier Biotech ORAL DETECT, a unique and innovative oral fluid drug testing device that delivers accurate results in as little as 6 minutes. Oral Detect eliminates the need for controlled collection sites and same-sex collectors, prevents adulteration, and eliminates “shy bladder” issues.

Regulated Industries
For our regulated industries clients covered under DOT rules, A-Check offers a comprehensive suite of lab-based drug and alcohol screening services tailored to the needs of each client, ensuring compliance and safety. A-Check has extensive experience in development and management of DOT programs covered under FMCSA, FAA, and PHMSA agencies.

the 2012 DOT Random Testing Rates Notice from the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance.

Partnering with an experienced third party administrator like A-Check for your substance abuse screening program ensures the effectiveness of this crucial link in your organization’s risk mitigation strategy. Contact A-Check today to discuss how we can help you meet your organization’s substance abuse screening needs.