March 25, 2020

UPDATED: Court Closures

Download a list of court closures related to the COVID-19 response. (Last updated March 25, 2020)


March 23, 2020

ALERT: Business Continuity

In light of the “Stay at Home” order announced Sunday March 22, 2020 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, CIC would like you to understand our approach to business continuity and on-going customer services.

Beginning, Tuesday March 24, 2020, CIC staff will be working remotely. Our office location will be closed, however we will maintain business continuity and on-going customer services during normal business hours. Our convenient, fully-automated background screening system is available around the clock, and every order you place is monitored by our team of professional screening specialists for quality control, to ensure you get the most accurate information as quickly as possible.

Note: there will be delays in getting criminal records searches completed because of court closures (see below.) Education and Employment Verifications are similarly affected. If you have questions or concerns, please call 419.874.2201.


March 17, 2020

ALERT: COVID-19 Impact and Response

Corporate Intelligence Consultants is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and helping our customers to do the same. As such, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We want to share with you the actions we are taking to help protect our employees and customers.

We advised our employees to follow the public health authorities' guidance regarding hygiene and personal travel, and we reinforced employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms to stay home and consult with a medical professional. We limited business travel and encouraged employees to leverage technology to maintain business duties as we can.

We have measures in place so that we can complete business needs and will keep you updated on our Action Plan. If needed, we will have staff working from home to maintain our level of service.

We have been seeing some closures in various court systems which affect our ability to research criminal records. In addition, with schools closings in certain areas, we are seeing delays in education verifications. This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor these areas and update you as information becomes available.

We appreciate the trust that you place in Corporate Intelligence Consultants. We are prepared to take actions necessary to help keep our employees and customers safe while providing the products and services you need to run your business. For further information please contact our office. 419.874.2201

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Blog & News

CIC offers news and updates to employers about the latest laws, trends and risks related to hiring, fraud, and drugs or violence in the workplace.

Drug Abuse Surveillance

Workforce drug positivity rates, influenced by illicit drug use, are the highest in 12 years. Barry Sample, PHD, Quest’s Senior Director of Science and Technology, states, “this year’s (2017) findings are remarkable because they show increased rates of drug positivity for the most common illicit drugs across virtually all drug test specimen types and in all testing populations.”

He went on to say, “our analysis suggests that employers committed to creating a safe, drug-free work environment should be alert to the potential for drug use among their workforce.”

■ 9.1% of full-time and 13.7% of part-time employees aged 18 or older reported illicit drug use within the past month

■ Employees who use drugs are 2.5 times more likely than other non-abusing co-workers to be absent for 8 or more days

■ Drug abusers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident at work and 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim.

■ 44% of abusers have sold drugs to other employees. 18% have stolen from co-workers to support their habit.

■ Positivity Rates for Federally-Mandated, Safety-Sensitive Workforce and the General U.S. Workforce are at a 10-year high.

It is important to not only be aware of the increase in positivity rates but, if you have facilities in multiple states, take into consideration a particular region’s “drug of choice”. Geographical variations are evident in the statistics, if you are choosing your drug test panel, be aware of those variations. Cocaine, Methamphetamines and Marijuana all show increased positivity rates overall and should be part of your drug test panel. Don’t forget the popularity of e-cigarettes and the ability to convert them from tobacco to cannabis. Be aware of what your employees are vaping at work. Give CIC a call to discuss your drug testing needs. We have hundreds of collection sites throughout the United States with our network of Quest and LabCorp labs.

If you suspect there is a drug problem in your workplace, we can help you, just as we have helped so many others.

Carolyn Klemett is the coordinator of our Pre-employment Screening Services at Corporate Intelligence Consultants. For more information about this article, Surveillance, Drug Screening, or general Employment Screening Services, please contact Carolyn at 1.800.573.2201 / 419.874.2201.

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