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What You Should Know About Pre-Employment Drug Screening

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The resume is flawless. The interview went perfectly. The job is yours, depending on the results of a background check and...drug screening. The very thought is frightening to most applicants, whether they use recreational drugs or not, when a great job is on the line. What exactly will employers find in that drug screening? The answers may surprise you. 

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Topics: electronic drug screening, drug testing

2016 Round-Up: Most Popular Background Check Blogs

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 23, 2016

The general consensus in America seems to be that 2016 may not have been a banner year. We like to look at the bright side of things and offer an annual gift to our readers. Good or bad, 2016 has been a busy year in many ways. We do our best to keep up with the latest news and legislation so that you can easily stay informed and continue to hire the best and brightest for your organizations. Without further ado....

VeriFirst's Top 10 Background Screening Blogs of 2016

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Employment Background Screening, electronic drug screening, drug testing

Drug Screening FAQ for Human Resources Professionals

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Every year, the drug screening laboratory diagnostics company Quest Diagnostics publishes its annual Drug Testing Index as a public service to reveal patterns of drug use among those in the American workforce. The company performs pre-employment screens as well as random drug testing among those already employed. With over 9.1 million tests on record, and after a large drop in positive tests from 1988 to 2012, the past few years are seeing a rise in positive drug tests for marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. (See chart below from Quest's Annual Positivity Rates.)

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Topics: electronic drug screening, drug testing

Human Resources and the Growing Trend in Paperless Hiring

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Human Resources has continually new and improved resources at its disposal. From recruiting to hiring, technology and updated processes have helped to catapult the growth of the electronic era. Going paperless offers digital storage and ease of accessibility but employers must also be mindful of regulations around digital storage and retention of documents. 

With that in mind, the growing trend of paperless hiring offers a myriad of benefits to human resources departments.


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Topics: Employee Background Screening, E-verify, Form I-9, Employment Background Screening, electronic drug screening, drug testing, hiring practices

New Background Screening Features for 2016

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Happy New Year to our awesome blog readers and clients! Thank you so much for continuing to add to the conversation with your comments and emails. We are happy to be your resource for background check, hiring and compliance information.

All year long, we are enhancing and adding to our background screening platform features to create a trustworthy and clean interface for our clients. With a long list of improvements to security, stability and compliance, we have also released the following improvements to our background screening program - at no extra charge to you!

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Topics: A Professional Background Screening Company, E-verify, electronic drug screening

Are Random Drug Screenings a Good Idea?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Dec 04, 2014

While in Colorado at a recent conference, my colleague and I were riding in a taxi cab after a late dinner. Out of the blue, the taxi driver offered to take us somewhere to purchase marijuana. Even more shocking than that, he said he would smoke it with us if we decided to buy it. 

This scenario left us shaking our heads but also spurred this great blog topic. Because marijuana is legal in Colorado, can this taxi driver be randomly tested for drugs?

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Topics: electronic drug screening, drug testing

Do You Need an Electronic Drug Screening Process?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Tue, May 20, 2014

The drug testing process can be a mandatory hassle for human resource professionals. Between screening new hires and implementing randomized testing for current employees, the paperwork and lag time between testing and results can become a real issue. 

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Topics: electronic drug screening, drug testing