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Newsletter Debut June 2009
 
Welcome to the initial Occuscreen Newsletter. We hope to provide you with tips and information to help you stay current on up-to-date employment screening issues, products and  regulations.
 
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Top 3 Myths about Background Checks
 
Myth: A National Criminal Database contains comprehensive criminal records from all states in the U.S. 
Reality: The National Criminal Database is what it is... a database. This means it is a repository for criminal records, and only contains records that are sent to the repository. 48 states participate in the largest database, (sorry Louisiana and Massachussetts) and California and Florida participate only provide data in selected counties. Most of the records come from the various states' Department of Corrections, so you may only get incarceration records. A national database is a great supplement to county criminal record checks, but not a stand-alone check! 
Myth: Some screening companies can get county criminal records instantly.
Reality: Big Brother is not as organized as we think. The vast majority of states still require a physical visit to the courthouse by a researcher in order to access county criminal records. (Oregon and Washington are the lucky states with online access to county court records.)
Myth: Performing background checks guarantees great employees.
Reality: Well, not exactly. But it can save you a ton of money, time and resources in training an unsuitable one,  and help you to prevent and defend against negligent hiring lawsuits.
Post-Accident, Probable Cause and Random Testing?  Oral Fluids could be your answer! 
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While urine drug testing is common in all industries for pre-employment testing, there is an option that might be better for post-employment testing. Intercept is an oral fluids (yeah, we mean saliva) test that is collected by the employee, under supervision and then shipped by courier to a laboratory for analysis. Results are equivalent to blood analysis, and negative results are available the next day.  
 
What is the benefit? Well, the detection window for oral fluids is shorter than urine and starts sooner. So while urine will catch drug usage from yesterday and maybe a couple of days back... oral fluids can detect usage within hours (and yes, you can test for alcohol as well!) Plus, there is no reason to send the applicant to a collection site, or pay for collections, and no concerns about adulteration.
 
For more information on this product, just click here:
or contact Pam Mack at [email protected]
 
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We want to know your questions, concerns and interests! Email [email protected] and we may post your questions and answer them in our next newsletter.
For more information about background checks and drug screening, please contact us at 888-833-5304 or [email protected] 
Sincerely,
 
Pamela Mack
Sr. Business Development Manager
888-833-5304
[email protected]
In This Issue
Background Check Myths
Drug Testing Option
Your Questions
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Employee screening can reduce or avoid the risk of:
 
Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

Workplace Violence

Time lost recruiting, hiring and training the wrong employee

Theft, Financial Loss, Sexual Harassment and other workplace problems

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