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Drug-test cheating on the rise; fight back with random tests

Can you trust negative drug test results anymore?
The Internet is flooded with products, more than 400, according to a Business Insurance report, that help employees and job candidates cheat …

Drug testing is perfectly legal … if done properly


Q. I have an employee who says that our drug-testing program is a violation of his constitutional rights. What can I tell him (or show him) to prove that we’re well within the law? —S.H., Texas

Smoke out applicants’ lies with savvy interviews, testing

Issue: Experts say that up to 30 percent of job-seekers stretch the truth or flat-out lie on their rèsumès.
Benefit: By approaching applicants and their rèsumès more skeptically, you’ll have …

Review your personality test: Is it an illegal ‘medical’ exam?

Issue: A recent court ruling says certain employment personality tests may violate the ADA.
Risk: If your test screens out people with mental disorders, it could be deemed an illegal …

Save medical exams for last step in pre-hire screening

When you or your hiring managers need to fill an open slot fast, it may be tempting to skip steps in the application process. But don’t do it.
Follow the …

Personality tests: Yours may now be illegal

If your job-screening process includes personality testing, review that test now to see if it includes any questions that could be considered “medical inquiries” revealing a person’s mental disability. And check …

Don’t punish employees for wrong drug-Test hunch


Q. We suspected an employee was using drugs, so we sent him to be tested. We told him he couldn’t work until the test came back in two days. The results were negative. What financial responsibility do we have? Do we owe him lost wages for those two days? —L.B., North Carolina

Hiring, ADA

When you or your hiring managers need to fill an open slot fast, it may be tempting to skip steps in the application process. But don’t do it; follow the proper …

Don’t shy away from personality tests, but know the risks

Issue: Personality tests are the first line of hiring defense at many organizations. Nearly 30 percent of employers use such tests.
Risk: A poorly designed test can open you up …

Quiz applicants on basic skills; don’t wait for a national test

You’ll soon have access to a new nationally recognized test that can help you gauge entry-level applicants’ job readiness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spearheading development of the Equipped for …