Screening News Weekly Wrap: May 29th, 2020

Screening News Weekly Wrap: May 29th, 2020

By Jennifer Gladstone

Another Form I-9 extension is announced to aid employers, a pilot program to stop marijuana users from driving under the influence gets funded, and the heavyweight champ tells the story of “The Whizzer.” Check out EBI’s Screening News Weekly Wrap for the details!

ICE Extends Form I-9 COVID-19 Rules

Back in March, right as all the stay-at-home orders were going into effect, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it would allow some flexibility regarding the usually very inflexible Form I-9. The most pressing issue for most employers was the requirement to examine a new hire’s documents in person. The relaxed rules allowed employers to do that virtually for 60 days.

That time period has now passed. Since the majority of employers have not yet returned to what would be considered “normal” operations, ICE has issued another notice suspending the “in-person” requirement for another 30 days. That brings the new deadline to June 18th.

While the ability to review documents remotely might help in the short term, employers are required to view the documents in person within three days once they resume normal operations. This is putting an enormous amount of pressure on HR departments that are already stretched thin due to COVID-19.

Many employers are opting to utilize Authorized Representatives to complete Section 2. That means companies are either naming an authorized agent to meet their new hires and inspect their documents within three days of starting work, or they are using such a service offered by their background screening partner, like EBI. Either way, this prevents the unexpected stress of trying to complete old I-9s while struggling to get the business reopened.

Pot Breathalyzer Pilot Approved

One of the constant hurdles facing states as they legalize marijuana is the fact that there is no test that can show whether someone is, or is not, impaired by the drug. That means impaired drivers could be on the road, and police have no way to prove they are under the influence.

If you’ve been drinking, a blood alcohol test or a breathalyzer can determine if you are intoxicated, and how severely. Current testing methods for marijuana can show whether someone has used within the last 24 hours or up to the last 3 months. But since users are only truly impaired for a few hours, these methods are not suitable for determining if a driver is a danger on the road.

Oklahoma’s governor just signed a bill that will allow the state to conduct a pilot program with a new technology that claims to get data from deep in the lungs to actually measure THC in the breath. Someone who smoked pot, will show THC levels for 2 to 3 hours. If they’ve consumed edible marijuana products, they can show impairment for up to 5 hours. The test is designed to give police officers a clear pass or fail result.

The state agreed to spend $300,000 over the next year studying the product from Hounds Labs in California.

Cheating is Real

We’ve brought you stories before about just how far people will go to cheat on drug tests. Today we have a story that shows the cheating goes all the way to the top.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson now admits to a life-long drug problem. He says he was a full-blown “cokehead” who started using by the age of 11.

Even though he was caught and fined for testing positive for marijuana in 2000, Tyson says he used a prosthetic to cheat the system for most of his career. According to his autobiography, Undisputed Truth, he would often take drugs before a fight. A member of his entourage would carry what he calls “The Whizzer” filled with someone else’s urine, and hand it to Tyson after the fight so he could beat the drug test.

While Tyson turned his life around, getting off all drugs and even going vegan, employers still need to be aware that cheating is real and should make sure safeguards are in place.

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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