Industry Sessions

Each of our sessions features an industry expert to present industry trends, news, regulatory updates, and informative employment screening procedures your company can take to build a safer workplace. DISA will be offering 5 HRCI credits and 6 CC DAPP credits to event attendees that request it during the event. We're also offering 1 SHRM credit for each qualifying session attended (up to 4).

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and alcohol testing is important for employers to address in their workplace, regardless of the industry. Whether you’re creating and implementing a drug and alcohol test or modifying an existing one, the following sessions will help guide you in learning what is best for your company and how to ensure compliance and industry standards with your drug testing program. With the rise of CBD oil and constant changes with marijuana state laws, employers must comprehend the laws in their state and how it relates to their company’s drug testing policies and procedures to avoid litigation, while also maintaining a safe working environment that meets industry standards.

Sessions

State Marijuana Laws and Litigation Strategies

Although marijuana is illegal on a federal level, states are choosing to legalize it on either medical, recreational, or both. It’s important now more than ever that employers remain up-to-date on the latest state marijuana laws to maintain and update their drug testing program to comply with their state’s marijuana laws. Learn how you can ensure you have a clear and concise written policy explaining company rules, procedures, and repercussions, to avoid litigation.

Presenter:

Faye Caldwell
Legal Advisor & Litigator
Caldwell Everson PLLC

Dr. Barry Sample
Senior Director of Science and Technology
Quest Diagnostics


How to Build the Perfect Drug Testing Policy

Finding the right person for the job takes time, patience, and, in many cases, passing a drug test. With record- low unemployment, legalized marijuana, and an ongoing prescription drug epidemic, this often proves to be an unattainable goal for some employers. Finding qualified candidates is growing increasingly more difficult and causing some employers to ask the question, "to test or not to test?" This presentation will identify the pitfalls of eliminating or reducing testing and how negligent hiring and ineffective safety practices put your company at risk.

  • • The state of drug testing in the U.S. today
  • • The challenges of legal drug use in the workplace, highlighting medical and legal marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol
  • • Solutions and best practices to deal with these challenges
  • • Urine, Oral Fluid, and Hair–Pros, Cons, and the ROI

Presenters:

Nina French
Managing Partner
Current Consulting

Frank Bernard
Vice President of Ethics & Compliance
DISA Global Solutions


CBD Oil – What Employers Need to Know!

Not only do employers need to carefully follow state marijuana laws carefully, but emerging trends and technologies can also significantly impact employers and the safety of their workplace. CBD oil is an up-and-coming trend that leaves employers perplexed about the product itself and if it will show up on drug tests. CBD oils can vary greatly and are unregulated, making it difficult to decipher exactly what is in the product. With people flocking to CBD oil to treat medical issues, employers need to understand the possibilities of CBD oil testing positive for THC on drug tests and how to respond when a donor claims their positive test was from CBD oil.


Presenters:

Dr. David Kuntz
Executive Director of Analytical Toxicology
Clinical Reference Laboratory (CRL)

Faye Caldwell
Legal Advisor & Litigator
Caldwell Everson PLLC


Technology Update: Detecting Recent Marijuana Use with a Breathalyzer

With the legalization of marijuana on the rise, states everywhere are looking for ways to enforce safety standards. Whether behind the wheel, or on the job, impairment poses a dangerous risk, which creates a major demand for devices that can help detect the use of marijuana. Hound Labs is a breath technology company which utilized groundbreaking technology to develop the first-ever alcohol and marijuana breathalyzer. Come learn about this breakthrough and how soon you could be using it!

Presenter:

Dr. Mike Lynn
CEO
Hound Labs, Inc.

Understanding Drug Test Panels, with a Deep Dive into Hair Testing

Although opioids continue to steal headlines, join us as we review data that highlights new and rapidly emerging challenges in the drug use landscape. Psychostimulants are on the rise and CBD oil challenges both testing methods and drug policies. Psychemedics will share positivity trending data directly from the laboratory contrasting cross-industry to oil -and -gas as a sign of what may come. Dr. Paulsen will discuss science to determine the source of detected THC in a drug landscape that now includes CBD oil.

Presenters:

Dr. Ryan Paulsen
Senior Research Chemist
Pyschemedics

Background Screening

There are a lot of moving parts and options when it comes to background screening. Employers should stay informed of industry best practices, products, and services to build a background screening program that meets compliance and industry needs. Employers need to understand both their rights, as well as their employees and/or applicants when running background checks. These sessions will give you a closer look at background screening products and inform you of how to handle a situation when a background check returns with a hit.

Sessions

What’s in a Background Check? How are Products Different?

Background checks can be customized to meet an employer’s industry needs and best practices. A wide variety of background check products exists with some only pertaining to specific job titles or positions. It’s important for employers to know which products and services are required for their applicants and learn how to build and implement a background screening program that meets compliance. Learn how to determine what products are required for your industry and how they help you make safer, hiring decisions.

Presenter:

Sean O'Donnell
Associate Vice President of Operations
DISA Global Solutions


Your Background Check Came Back with A Hit. Now What? (Adverse Action)

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), all employers are required to follow specific procedures when denying applicants work based solely off of background check results. When an applicant returns with a hit on their background check, it’s important for employers to abide by the FCRA and adverse action requirements. Although it is required, some employers still fail to follow the regulations set forth by the FCRA. Learn why it’s important to consistently enforce these procedures to avoid violations that can lead to lawsuits.

Presenters:

Vince Brodt
Vice President of Client Experience
SJV & Associates

Deborah Sorchevich
Director of Background Screening
DISA Global Solutions

DOT/Transportation Compliance

Those in the transportation industry are required to abide by the regulations set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Regardless of the DOT agency that your company reports to, transportation compliance can be complicated. These sessions will aim to help employers within the transportation industry understand the complexities of managing compliance needs.

Sessions

Trucking Industry's Regulatory Update

What does the transportation industry have in store for you? Join the American Trucking Association (ATA) for an update on key legislative and regulatory issues and how they can impact the trucking industry and your business.

Presenter:

Abigail S. Potter
Manager of Safety and Occupational Health Policy
American Trucking Associations


Driver Qualification Files: What’s in It & How Do You Keep It Up to Date?

Businesses that are regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) are required to maintain Driver Qualification (DQ) files along with standard employee documents. These files ensure that an employee meets the safety, health, and qualifications necessary to operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). DQ files can require a lot of documents which can be quite time consuming when trying to maintain them. Learn why it’s crucial to; remain compliant and stay up-to-date with your DQ file requirements.

Presenter:

Kristiana “Kristi” Tobey
Driver Qualification Manager
DISA Global Solutions


Understanding and Applying Transportation Compliance Best Practices

Gaps in compliance can cost big money! Transportation compliance has many moving parts, including maintaining, updating, auditing, and filing a variety of reports. For example, carriers are required by the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) to file a quarterly fuel tax report for distance traveled, and net fuel quantity consumed in each participating jurisdiction in which they operated. Carriers are often faced with the complexities of managing tax reports and licensing and permitting for their fleets, and when not done right, can result in tax assessments with interest and penalties. Moreover, Hours of Service (HOS) violations can result in fines, hurt FMCSA safety ratings, and even place carriers out of operation. Learn why it’s so important to stay up-to-date with your reports, operating authorities, and Hours of Service compliance.

Presenter:

Charles Farone
General Manager
DISA Transportation Compliance

General DER Information

A Designated Employer Representative (DER) is the main person in charge of managing your company’s drug and alcohol policy. As state laws with marijuana continue to change, CBD oil becomes a popular trend, and regulations regarding the safety-sensitive industry change, it’s vital to understand every detail when creating and implementing company policies. Employment screening has come a long way and your company policies, HR department, drug and alcohol program, etc. need to reflect the changes made within our society today to further protect your company and its employees.

Sessions

Employee Screening 201: The Basics and the Great Beyond

A successful employee screening goes far beyond pre-employment checks. As an employer, it is critical to understand employee screening procedures, processes, and policies once onboarding is complete. Industries and employers vary across the U.S. and what you don’t know may cost you. Consider the risks - those looking to hire for safety-sensitive positions must maintain specific safety standards or potentially risk facing fines, fees, or litigation. From state laws and background checks, to drug and alcohol testing, learn how employers meet the challenges of creating and maintaining an employee screening program that meets industry standards.

Objectives:

  • • State laws affecting employee screening by industry
  • • Employee retention vs. acquisition
  • • Purposeful program development
  • • Effective and comprehensive drug testing programs
  • • Designing a forward-facing program


Presenter:

Nina French
Managing Partner
Current Consulting


ECCF Roundtable: TPA, Lab, Collection Site, MRO, & Customer

Why make the change to electronic? An ECCF is an electronic version of the traditional paper Custody and Control Form (CCF) used for ordering drug tests, specimen collection processing, and chain of custody documentation for workplace drug testing. Unlike the electronic version, when paper is involved; mistakes are made. An ECCF speeds up turnaround times and prevents common user-errors. These forms make their way through quite a few hands, from the TPA to the lab and on to the collection site, which is why it’s so important that they remain error- free.

Moderator:

Chase MacCourtney
Product and Operations Manager
FormFox, Inc.

Panelists:

  • TPA - DISA Global Solutions
  • Laboratory - Quest Diagnostics
  • Collection Site - Concentra
  • MRO - University Services
  • ECCF End User