Why are Pre-employment Tests necessary?

Pre-employment screening is the process of verifying information submitted by job candidates in their application. Screening is not a simple process but is necessary to know if employees can be trusted to handle financial assets of the company or capable of securing any confidential information.

In conducting pre-employment screenings of job applicants, employers usually do not take on the task themselves, but seek the services of an outsourced or otherwise third-party specialized for the task. there exist some government agencies that take on the task, but these are often reserved for applicants to departments like the FBIor Department of Transportation.

Among the most common forms of pre-employment screenings are Skills or Personality Tests, Criminal History Screening, Social Security Number Tracing, Credit History, Employment Verification, Education Verification, Supervisor/Reference Interviews and Drug Test. Other tests include Worker’s Compensation Claims History, Motor Vehicle Records Screening, and Sex Offender Registry Screening.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates employer investigations into the credit history, criminal or past employer of job applicants. Applicants’ consent and the contact information of the past records are sought by employers if they are used to screen out an applicant.

When it comes to pre-employment testing, contact the trusted individuals with WorkSTEPS. Call us today at (512) 617-4100 to inquire about our services.

Reconciling health privacy and employer wellness rewards

The Obama administration and the EEOC issued rules in May for employers for setting up employee wellness programs that reward workers and protect their health privacy.

“The commission worked to harmonize HIPAA’s goal of allowing incentives to encourage participation in wellness programs with … provisions that require that participation in certain types of wellness programs is voluntary,” said Jenny R. Yang, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The new rules also work to fight against discrimination based on existing health conditions.

However, there are disagreements on the part of EEOC and various companies when it comes to screening programs which are voluntary. A 2014 dispute between the EEOC and Flambeau, a plastics manufacturer is ongoing. The company required certain wellness screenings, which the EEOC contested was a violation of the ADA. A federal judge ruled in favor of Flambeau and the EEOC appealed the ruling. The issue at hand is whether these screenings be voluntary. It can be challenging to reconcile screenings that determine whether an employee is capable of work requirements and not discriminating against disabled individuals.

The Pre Employment Screening experts at WorkSTEPS seek to keep in line with Federal requirements and can help your screening comply with these laws. Get in touch with our functional capacity evaporators by calling (512) 617-4100.

HealthMine reports large gaps in aid given to their consumer base

On September 12, 2016, HealthMine Wellness Program Survey released the results of a survey done among 750 insured consumers. Their findings supported concerns about how inclusive the programs actually are.

Some of the most used program offerings are Health Risk Assessments, fitness subsidies and challenges, and nutrition and healthy eating—each with more than 50% participation—but most plans do not include programs to stop smoking, despite a high number of users having smoked. Cancer screenings remain unavailable in a shocking three-fourths of all programs and while nearly half of all participants report having other chronic illnesses, only 15% actually say their programs help them manage those illnesses.

Nowhere near even half of all users attend their program once a week while a whopping 25% say that they go less than three times in a year; this might be attributed to the lack of incentive in over half of the programs and a lack of price comparison in another 29%.

On the better side, however, 62% of respondents claimed that their program helped them to save money, 38% took fewer sick days, and another 33% felt more productive at work.

As of September 12, 2016, results of survey done by HealthMine Wellness Program Survey among 750 insured consumers:

“The promise of wellness programs is to improve health outcomes and lower costs one member at a time,” Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said in response to the survey results, “But to deliver on that promise, plan sponsors must use clinical data to close gaps in care.”

One service offered by the WorkSTEPS team are wellness programs created with individual health coaching in mind. Contact us at (512) 617-4100 today for more information.