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Jan 04

Use of the Electronic Custody and Control Form (ECCF) for Federal/United States Department of Transportation Testing

The Electronic Custody and Control Form (ECCF) is approved for use for both federal employee and DOT testing from a regulatory perspective. However, as of November 16, 2015, from a practical, logistical perspective, the ECCF cannot be used for federal/DOT testing. This is because only one certified laboratory has been approved by the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP) to implement the ECCF for federal/DOT testing and that laboratory is working through the implementation process.

Dec 21

FMCSA to Lower Controlled Substances Random Testing Rate for Calendar Year 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing, for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver's license (CDL), will be 25 percent of the total average number of driver positions—a 50% reduction of the current 50 percent of the average number of drivers now in place.

Nov 17

Affordable Care Act Penalties - What an Employer Needs to Know

As the 2015 calendar year draws to a close, employers are focusing on the Affordable Care Act, and the penalties they may be exposed to.   Employers need to know if they are liable for penalties, what triggers them, how they are calculated and how they should respond to a penalty notification.  

Nov 17

The Contingent Worker Challenge

Contractors, consultants, freelancers, seasonal workers, temps – our workplaces wouldn't be the same without them. Numerous studies have shown the huge part these workers play in the global workforce, which is only predicted to grow in the coming years. While employers have been quick realize the benefits contingent workers can bring, many have been slow to recognize the risks. According to the Office for National Statistics, around 6 percent (just under 1.7 million) of the U.K. labor market is made-up of temporary workers, compared with 8 percent in the U.S., according to the Government Accountability Office as reported by Forbes.

Nov 11

Providers Take Note: Trust is a Must in the Sharing Economy

Earlier this year my company, First Advantage, conducted an online survey of 800 U.S. employed adults to get their sentiments about the sharing economy. Initially we wanted to find out who has heard of this space and used sharing economy services. From our research, 64 percent of survey respondents said they have heard of sharing economy services and 39 percent said they have used this type of service. Not surprisingly, the majority of the people who use this type of service tend to be in the younger demographic between 18-44 years of age, which tends to be a mix of Millennials and Gen Xers. 

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