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As summer winds down, EBI is saying goodbye to one of our interns, Justin Welfeld. Justin is a rising high school junior who joined us to learn about our business and practice his writing skills. Since Justin is about to start his college search, we asked him to write about the increase in background checks on prospective students for college applicants. Here is his take.





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Since the 1990’s, the percentage of U.S. workers testing positive for illegal drugs like marijuana, heroin and cocaine has decreased significantly.  Unfortunately, workplace drug screening statistics now indicate that more employees than ever are testing positive for prescription drugs. 

A study by Quest Diagnostics shows the use of Vicodin is up 172% since 2002.  Medications like Adderall, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone are showing up on tests 71% more today than they did just ten years ago.  That means many of your workers might be high while on the job, even if they’ve never touched an illegal drug.

Ban The Box

The state of Illinois joins the wave of banning the box.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the  initiative into law, which is intended to help ex-offenders applying for jobs in the private sector.  Employers and employment agencies must now hold off on criminal background checks until after applicants are deemed qualified for the job in question.

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which was enacted in 1970, is pretty cut and dry when it comes to the use of adverse action notices.  Though there have been revisions along the way, it is surprising when you come across a company that is doing it wrong.  Whether they are doing it intentionally or by accident is something for the courts to decide, and landing in court is an increasingly common scenario.

Helping the Convicted Find Work

Ex-cons in Tennessee might soon find it easier to get a job.  The new Tennessee Negligent Hiring and Retention law went into effect on July 1.  Under the law, ex-offenders will be able to petition a judge for a “certificate of employability,” which says they are rehabilitated and ready to return to the workforce.   In return, employers who hire those with the certificates will be protected from liability suits if one of the formerly incarcerated employees assaults a co-worker.