Cisive's IT Department will be leveraging Cisive's contractual weekly maintenance window from Friday (10/15) 10:00 pm EST to Saturday (10/16) 2:00 am EST in order to upgrade the system that supports its Onboard and Admin portals. During this time, the Admin and Onboarding portals will not be accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Delays and Closures
Closures and Delays:
MVR: Nevada MVR’s will be unavailable on Saturday, 10/16/21 from 7:30pm CT to Monday, 10/18/21 2:00am CT.
DRUG TESTING ALERT
Drug Test Delays and Hurricane Ida Recovery Efforts
We continue to monitor laboratory delays and want to provide you with an update. Please see the summary below for each lab:
Quest is still rebounding from staffing challenges and is working diligently to decrease specimen backlog. Currently, specimens received at the laboratory on 10/11 are beginning initial processing. Post-testing, certifiers continue to work through specimens received on 10/7 and 10/8. Quest has committed to making changes that will significantly impact reporting times including: implementing a 2nd shift processing team which will be fully staffed by mid-to-late October; adding more staff to their screening department, allowing for more testing capacity; and most importantly, adding more certifiers, which will immediately improve reporting times.
LabCorp's main lab in North Carolina reports delays ranging up to 5 days with specimens that require confirmation testing. In addition to sending specimens to other LabCorp facilities for testing, LabCorp has also implemented mandatory overtime for employees to mitigate the specimen backlog. Specimens that do not require confirmation testing are reported within normal timeframes.
The vast majority of specimens that were impacted by Hurricane Ida have been reported. Alere is current with regards to accessioning, screening and negative reporting, but continue to lag in the area of confirmations and positive certifications. They are continuing to focus on that area from a staffing and operational effectiveness perspective. As of October 7th, all results that were collected and received at the laboratory have been processed. Alere recommends a recollection for any specimen collected prior to October 7th that has not been received by the lab.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently extended its flexibility regarding the requirement for employers to physically inspect documents presented for Section 2 of the Form I-9; due to COVID-19 precautions, DHS' policy is extended through December 31, 2021.
Originally announced on March 19, 2020, and extended several times since then, this policy allows employers that are operating 100% remotely due to COVID-19 to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Section 2 of the Form I-9. If employees are physically present at the workplace, however, in-person document inspection is required.
Once normal operations resume or DHS’s extension of flexibilities is terminated on August 31, 2021, whichever is earlier, employees who were on-boarded during this time must report to their employer within three business days for in-person verification of the document(s) presented for Section 2 of the Form I-9.
For additional information, please click the link here to ICE’s website. Read more