Occuscreen Tips and Updates
Spring Newsletter March 2010
Welcome to the March Occuscreen Newsletter. We are happy to announce our partnership with Taleo, and provide you with more information on the Terrorist Watch List, drug screening and hot topics!
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Who's on the Terrorist Watch List 
The FBI Terrorist Watch List (also referred to as OFAC, Patriot Act and Homeland Security) has over 400,000 people on it! However, only 2% are U.S. citizens.
Should you use it in screening? If you feel you have a viable reason in your organization, you can run the Watch List. But keep in mind it is a name -only match, and easy to make mistakes if you aren't careful about confirming an identity.
Who gets on it? The Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) won't give details, but say it includes people that meet a certain standard of "reasonable suspicion".
Think you are on it by accident? You can file a request through the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program website.
Hotline Topic - Turnover Rates

Question: How do we calculate monthly turnover rates?

Answer: The most common formula, which is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is: S รท M x 100 = T.

S is the total number of voluntary and involuntary separations occurring during the month,

M is the average number of employees on the payroll during the month, and

T is the net turnover rate per 100 employees. 
Hot topic thanks to Ameriben/IEG Group
Why Should Employers Drug Screen? Some facts...
Drug Testing Lab
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
 77% of illegal drug users are employed. Are you employing them? If so, what does this mean for you?
  • Employees who use illegal drugs cost their employers about twice as much in medical claims as non-users.
  • Employees who use illegal drugs are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, and 5 time more likely to file a worker's compensation claim.
  • Employees who use illegal drugs are 2.2 times more likely to request early dismissal or time off, 2.5 times more likely to have absences of eight days or more, and 3 times more likely to be late for work.
  • Up to 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol use and alcoholism.
Employing drug users simply costs employers money.  In fact, alcohol drug use costs U.S employers roughly $81 billion in lost productivity per year.
Drug screening your employees is a small investment, for a potentially large return.  Please contact us at 888-833-5304 if you would like to talk about your drug screening program. 
Remember the last article about Credit Checks? Oregon and 15 other states have proposed bills to ban credit checks on most job applicants, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Hawaii and Washington already have such bans in place.

Remember the best practice: Make sure the credit check is related to the job duties. And make sure that you are following your own state guidelines.

Pamela Mack
In This Issue
Who's on the Terrorist Watch List?
Hot Topic
Reasons for Drug Screening
Taleo Partnership
Occuscreen Taleo Partnership
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Occuscreen announced today that it has partnered with Taleo Business Edition. Taleo Business Edition is the leading talent management platform for small and medium enterprise organizations. Through our relationship with Taleo Business Edition we can now offer companies a highly diverse, "pre-integrated" set of products and services.
By integrating Occuscreen services with Taleo Business Edition, organizations will be able to request employment screening services directly from within the Taleo Business Edition Recruit application, significantly minimizing redundant data entry and thus mitigating compliance risk.
"We're excited to introduce Taleo Business Edition to our clients in combination with our employment screening services, further streamlining the acquisition of higher quality, fully screened talent," said Peter Mack, President/CEO of Occuscreen.
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