Drug Testing for Marijuana: 5 Mistakes Employers Make

Because so many states in the U.S. have legalized the use of marijuana (either for medicinal purposes, recreational purposes, or both), creating drug testing policies that include marijuana has become challenging.

After all, if so many states are legalizing weed, what's the big deal, right?

This faulty logic often leads employers to make five critical mistakes when it comes to drug testing for marijuana.    

Let's go over each mistake below.

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Madge Patterson

Madge Patterson
Madge is the Director of Operations at Good Egg. A self-described “operations maven” she has spent the past 15+ years applying her passion for process improvement and optimization to various operations and program management roles in the background screening industry. She is an avid baker who often shares her creations with her Good Egg colleagues.

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Criminal Background Checks: Myths & Best Practices

If you've been following our blog in "real time," you've likely been reading our series of articles on various criminal history check topics.

Here's a list in case you missed any installments:

Today, we're going to talk about three additional myths as well as some best practices as you fine-tune your employee screening program.


The Argument for Ongoing Criminal Monitoring

Pre-employment background checks are common. GlobalHR reports that a 2017 survey showed "background checks are nearly universal among employers, who turn to these pre-employment screenings largely to ensure the safety of their workplaces."

The type of pre-employment screenings can and will vary, depending on the workplace, but they often include drug testing, verifications, and, of course, criminal background checks.


Understanding the Criminal Background Check Process

In a previous blog post, we defined what a criminal background check is (and what it includes).

Now, it's time to discuss the criminal background check process itself. Let's say an organization is interested in hiring an applicant, pending the outcome of a criminal history check.

What happens next?


What is a Criminal Background Check?

Because so many people use the term "criminal background check" —in HR, the news media, and endless movies and TV shows—it's easy for us at Good Egg to think everyone must understand what a criminal history check is.

Yet whenever we stop and take a closer look, we quickly discover the opposite is true: most people don't understand what a criminal history check is, especially when it comes to the finer points. And like everything else in life, these finer points matter.

So let's do a deep dive into the basics.

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