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02 Mar

February 2020 Federal HR Updates

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Department of Transportation Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates Increase for 2020

What happened?
The Department of Transportation (DOT) operating agencies have announced that their random drug and alcohol testing for 2020 have been increased.

What are the details?
The following increases are broken down below. Those not listed have remained the same from the previous year.

               Agency2020 Random Drug Testing Rate2020 Random Alcohol Testing Rate
Federal Aviation Administration25%10%
Federal Motor Carrier Administration50%10%
Federal Railway Administration25% covered service10% covered service
Federal Railway Administration50% maintenance-of-way25% maintenance-of-way
Federal Transit Administration50%10%
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration50%N/A
United States Coast Guard50%N/A

What do employers need to do?
It is important for employers to review their random drug and alcohol testing policies and programs and make the necessary change to remain compliant.

U.S. DOT: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/random-testing-rates

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Ban on Employment Credit Checks

What happened?
On January 29, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that strictly prohibits employers from using credit reports for employment decisions, except when required by law.

What are the details?
The new bill not only prohibits the use of credit reports, but also prohibits managers from asking questions about an applicant’s financial past during a job interview. Furthermore, questions about credit history cannot be included on job applications. Some employer groups are opposing the bill by stating that the information provided in a credit report gives an ideal assessment of an individual’s judgment and potential risk they could impose. This is particularly the case with positions where the duties involve handling accounting and/or finances of a business.

What do employers need to do?
No action is required at this time since the legislation is pending. If the Senate approves the bill, we will provide an update.

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