Stay Informed: March 17, 2023 - Industry News and Updates for the week.

There was plenty of news this week relating to screening, hiring, and compliance. Here are three top stories you may have missed.  

Legislation that could impact background screening in 2023.

In the first of a two-part series, this week takes a look at local, state and federal legislation that could affect background screening practices across the country. The article focuses on legislation that is very likely to pass, and focuses on candidates’ rights, fair chance hiring, pay equity, cannabis reform, and more.

“As the 2023 legislative season matures, lawmakers are providing insight into their legislative agendas. While the bills introduced echo similar themes from years past, social causes advancing candidates’ rights are evolving to do more with more less – including embracing advances at the state and local level. As a result, multi-state employers must be prepared to navigate the patchwork of legislation impacting background screening practices across the country.”

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February numbers show the job market is still going strong.

The economy added 311,000 jobs in February, once again beating expectations, with surprisingly strong job gains occurring in leisure and hospitality, retail trade, government, and health care.  

“February’s report is further evidence that the labor market is fundamentally different compared to pre-pandemic,” said Bill Armstrong, president of recruiting at Safeguard Global. “We are seeing the number of job opportunities and competition for candidates remain strong. It is more common than not to see strong candidates receiving multiple job offers.”

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Many oompanies are turning toward the contingent workforce space. as they adapt to new challenges in the hiring landscape.  Whether your business is already on board, or is merely considering hiring contingent workers, you should review your screening program now and make sure it is up to par. You’ll ensure you’re building a safer workforce and providing a safer environment for all, while reducing risk, saving time and money, and futureproofing your program.

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The Truck Safety Coalition is calling on Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to prioritize truck safety measures in the wake of recent hazmat emergencies.  

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), a group dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, is calling on Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to prioritize truck safety measures in the wake of recent hazmat emergencies.  

“It is past time to issue essential and overdue truck safety standards that will prevent hazmat crashes, save lives, protect communities, and put public safety ahead of corporate profits.”

As a result, the group is calling on Buttigieg and the DOT to move forward and issue the following safety standards on trucks:

  • Require automatic emergency braking on all commercial motor vehicles
  • Mandate speed limiters on all commercial motor vehicles
  • Restore the 2011 hours of service rule and require a 30-minute rest break after eight hours of driving that does not allow non-driving work
  • Reinstitute the rulemaking requiring screening and treatment of safety-sensitive personnel for obstructive sleep apnea
  • Complete the New Entrant Carrier Proficiency Exam rulemaking

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Vault Workforce Screening recently discussed adding a comprehensive sleep program to your existing screening program.

We invited Dr. Jagdeep Bijwadia MD, CEO of SleepMedRx to discuss sleep apnea and transportation safety. Download a recording and copy of the presentation deck of the Vault Workforce Screening Sleep Apnea & Transportation Safety Webinar presented on March 14th.

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