Comp carriers and employers are opposed to new proposed regulations from OSHA and the EEOC that could potentially eliminate two major screenings: post-accident drug testing and workers’ comp claim history. The rules are meant to curb possible workplace discrimination. The worry comes as the EEOC issued a press release several days ago announcing a settlement with The Cole Group, an employment screening company. It was not revealed why the settlement existed. The EEOC said in their statement: “The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and The Cole Group have reached an agreement reflecting the job applicant screening company’s implementation of revised policies and practices to ensure that its pre-employment screenings comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), and the anti-retaliation provisions of the federal civil rights laws enforced by the EEOC. The Cole Group screens applicants for hundreds of companies nationwide.”
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