Screening News Update: Fake Vax Cards, Pot on the Job, and Warning Signs

Screening News Update: Fake Vax Cards, Pot on the Job, and Warning Signs

By Jennifer Gladstone

Scammers selling fake vaccine cards online, employees using marijuana on the job, and road signs warning illegal immigrants not to apply for work in the state. It’s all in today’s EBI Screening News Update.

Scammers Strike Again

From fake vaccines to stolen stimulus checks, coronavirus has been a boon for scammers around the globe. Now, those trying to make a quick buck, are peddling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards online.

The counterfeit and stolen cards have been found for sale everywhere from Etsy and eBay to Facebook, Twitter, and Shopify. The market for the fakes is growing as airlines and large venues start demanding proof of vaccinations to travel or attend events.

The New York Times spoke with an Etsy seller who claimed to have sold dozens of the fake cards for $20 each. She told the paper she was doing it to help people “avoid a tyrannical government.”

Selling these cards breaks identity theft laws, federal copyright laws, and possibly several more consumer protection laws. Forty-five state attorneys general got together and sent a letter to the CEOs of the websites asking them to shut down anyone selling false cards.

All of the websites listed above say they will make efforts to remove any posts advertising the fake cards.

Smoking on the Job

Thinking about bailing on your marijuana testing program because recreational use of the drug is now legal in your state? You might change your mind after hearing about a new study out of Canada.

The Institute for Work and Health took a look at how many workers, at all levels – including supervisors and those in safety-sensitive jobs – used marijuana before and during work. The study, which was published earlier this year, found that 1 out of every 12 respondents reported using the drug while on the job. The parameters of the study defined “at-work consumption” as using the drug within 2 hours before a shift, during a shift, or during a break.

Researchers expected to see more on-the-job drug use from the less-skilled workers. They were surprised to find positive responses from supervisors and those in safety-sensitive positions, as well.

This study was conducted before cannabis was completely legal in Canada, but follow-up research found levels of use on the job have not changed.

Enter at Your Own Risk

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wants to make it absolutely clear that if you are coming to his state to get a job, you better be able to prove you are here legally.

Back in July, the state legislature passed a law that requires all employers to run every hire through the federal E-Verify system to make sure the applicant is allowed to work in the country.

Now, the governor is taking things a step further by posting signs on every major highway coming into the state. These signs announce that all Florida employers must use E-Verify for their hires. The goal is to deter people who are here illegally from coming to Florida to find work.

E-Verify is an additional step that confirms information on a new hire’s Form I-9. It is seen as a safety net for employers who are mandated by law to ensure all employees are allowed to work in the U.S.

About the Author

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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