MVR: The following states will be experiencing extended downtime for technical maintenance:
Drug Test Delays and Hurricane Ida Recovery Efforts
One of our laboratory partners handling drug tests, Alere Toxicology, located in Gretna, LA was affected by Hurricane Ida.
Cisive continues to feel the effects of drug test delays from our lab partners. Alere Toxicology, located in Gretna, LA, experienced service disruption due to Hurricane Ida. As a result, we have seen delays in processing drug tests collected at eScreen Occupational Health Network clinics. Since coming back online, Alere labs have been working 24/7 to process as many drug tests as possible and return to normal turn-around times. While the number of delayed tests is getting smaller, the average turn-around time for a drug test is still higher than the normal 24-36 hours from collection. We are continuing to monitor this. We have also received notice that Quest Diagnostics is also working through a backlog of specimens. Due to the influx of specimens received and understaffing, turnaround times have been impacted by specimen holdovers. This is defined as specimens that are not able to be accessioned for testing from one day to the next. Today, they are reporting just over 24-hour reporting from the time the specimen is accessioned, not received, at the laboratory. To mitigate the backlog and eliminate holdovers, they are diligently trying to hire additional staff, voluntary and mandatory overtime and implement more receiving and processing shifts. Neither labs have provided specific dates for results, but the vendors are aware of the sense of urgency and will continue to provide us updates. At this time, LabCorp has not reported any significant delay issues.
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