- Do HR Reps Need to be Drug Tested?
- Poor Credential Verifications Put Fake Nurse in the ICU
- New Screening System Boots Thousands of Drivers
Do HR Reps Need to be Drug Tested?
An HR rep for a government agency in Washington, D.C. is suing the city over a newly-instituted blanket drug testing policy claiming it violates her Fourth Amendment rights. Patricia Lewis was an HR Advisor for the D.C. office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In 2012, the department announced all employees would be required to undergo mandatory criminal background checks as well as drug and alcohol testing. Lewis refused and was fired for neglect of duty and insubordination. Her lawsuit claims she was fired for exercising her right to free speech. The court struck that down, but is still considering whether her job as an HR rep is high-risk enough to require drug and alcohol testing. That question might be answered by a jury.
Poor Credential Verifications Put Fake Nurse in the ICU
Samantha Rivera never went to nursing school and never held a license, but that didn’t stop her from applying for, and getting, several health care jobs. Last year, Rivera used the name and license number of a nurse in New Mexico to get hired by a St. Louis hospital. There she worked in the intensive care unit as well as a geriatric psych ward. It was also discovered that Rivera had been hired to teach nursing students at a college in Albuquerque even though the school could not verify her education or employment. Her lies were finally uncovered when a Chicago staffing agency dug into her background and discovered her scheme. Rivera now faces charges of fraud, forgery and identity theft, and faces 10 to 16 months in federal prison.
New Screening System Boots Thousands of Drivers
The state of Maryland instituted a new screening framework last year to double check the background checks for those wanting to drive for ride-share companies. In the first six months of the program, 4,000 of the 74,000 drivers who were re-screened were banned from driving because the new screen turned something up on their records. The drivers were dismissed for their driving or criminal history, for having too little driving experience, or for holding a temporary license.