Prescription Drug Use In The Workplace

Drug testing is an important part of pre-employment screening as well as random testing during an employee’s tenure at the company. Generally, drug screening tests only look for illegal drugs, but in recent history the use and abuse of prescription medications have increased negative effects in the workplace.

According to a 2014 study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute 65% to 85% of injured employees received narcotic painkillers as part of their workplace injury treatment. Being prescribed narcotic painkillers such as opioids can lead to addiction and influence an employees’ performance and affect workplace safety leading to an increase of worker’s compensation costs for employers.

drug screening Standard Drug Screening tests do not test for opioids and other prescription medications and because of the increased risk of prescription drug addiction and abuse, it is recommended that employers expand their drug testing procedures. The National Safety Council has found that 23% of American workers have used prescription drugs for non-medical uses.

Expanding drug testing procedures are especially important when it comes to situations where employers need employees to be “extra” alert, such as driving, in factory settings, refineries and much more. Drug screening are a valuable tool not only for human resource managers, but also for safety managers wanting to make sure that their companies comply with OSHA rules and limit their amount of working hours without a workplace injury.

It is important to find out what types of drug testing is allowed in your state, and make sure that any drug testing programs at your company comply with local, state and federal laws. AAA Credit Screening Services utilizes drug screening companies in your area that will assist you through this process of achieving a Drug Free Workplace. Call our knowledgeable customer service staff now at 888-282-0447 to help determine the appropriate testing procedure for your company.

* Some information obtained through http://www.openonline.com

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Statistics on Workers’ Compensation Claims

Running reports on claims can help employers review prospective employee’s records before making hiring decisions.

According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, an estimated total of $62,307,000,000 in Workers’ compensation payments were made to civilian employees in 2014 *.

Workers’ compensation provides medical care, rehabilitationworkerscompion, and cash benefits for workers who are injured on the job or who contract work-related illnesses. It also pays benefits to families of workers who die of work-related causes.

Workers’ compensation benefits are paid by private insurance carriers, by state or federal workers’ compensation funds, or by self-insured employers.

In a study done by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, researchers found that the average duration of Worker’s Compensation claims peaked during a period of economic downturn, suggesting that employees who believe their employment outlook is poor, particularly those in states that do not require employers to hold a position for those on workers’ compensation, may have an incentive to stay on workers’ compensation for as long as possible **. top5workers

This exploitation of workers’ compensation can be alarming to employers, as out of the 62.3 billion dollars paid in benefits, only 12.9 billion came out of state funds or federal programs, leaving 49.4 billion dollars to be paid by private carriers and self-insured employers *. Most employers, however, are left in the dark as to their applicants’ past workers’ compensation claims.

For employers who are interested in their employee applicants’ history with workers’ compensation, AAA Credit Screening offers Workers’ Compensation reports. These reports provide the injury description, injury date, filing date, weekly compensation rate, and compensation dates for workers’ compensation claims. The availability varies by state. Signed releases authorizing a background check may need to be faxed directly to the record holder and some states have specific forms they require. All employers should verify they are in compliance with the ADA and FCRA.

Workers’ compensation reports are offered a la carte and in the Executive Screening Package.

So, you just ordered a verification….

Things to keep in mind:

1 – Turnaround times vary and are not guaranteed  clock

Verifications are rarely completed within 1 business day.  Most verifications require human interaction, not just automated computer searches.  This usually results in longer turnaround times. Our guidelines for verifications are 3-5 business days, however they are just guidelines. A minority of searches will exceed that time frame. Always call our office if you have a tight deadline and we can recommend a course of action.

2 – Results vary and are not guaranteed

A – Verifiers are not legally bound to respond to our requests.

B – Verifiers may have policies that prohibit some or all information be shared with    anyone other than the applicant.

C – Verifiers may not respond to our request.

We will always contact the verifier with the information provided to us three times.  If no response is received after three attempts, the verification will be closed.

3 – YOU are responsible for contact information  speech

It is important that your applicant provide detailed contact information for all verifications.  If we do not have a contact name and phone/fax number or email for the verifier (employer, landlord, etc.), we will be unable to fulfill your request.  We will notify you if that information is missing when your order is submitted and will close the verification request if the information is not received within 3 business days.

4 – Additional fees?!

Some verifiers charge additional fees or use a third party to complete verifications.  An example of this would be the companies THEWORKNUMBER.COM and DEGREEVERIFY.COM.  There are several others, however these two are the most common.  We will contact you if a verifier indicates there will be an additional charge to get your permission to continue with the verification and charge your account.  You may decline to proceed and the verification will be closed.

5 – Can I get a refund? coins

Our staff work diligently to get the information you require.  Once a verification has been started, no refunds will be given, regardless of the outcome of the verification.