Quarterly Compliance Update, Q3 2018

Quarterly Compliance Updates | October 1, 2018

Salary history bans, synthetic urine in drug tests and motor vehicle record searches are all topics included in this compliance update.

Each quarter, PlusOne Solutions provides a compliance update to keep you abreast of changes and updates in legal developments as well as company news. This information is provided for education only and does not constitute legal advice.


Salary History Bans:

Cities, counties and states across the U.S. have been instituting legislation restricting employers from asking about salary history information before making a conditional offer to hire. These actions are based on trying to address salaries which have historically been lower for women and minorities, perpetuating the wage inequity problem. In concert with the Equal Pay Act, regulations are being put in place to correct these differences by ensuring pay is determined on the position and not the historical salary levels of an individual. The only approved pay differences should be compensation systems based on seniority, merit, productivity (quantity/quality) or something other than the sex of the worker.

General Provisions typically include the following two categories:


What Can You Do?

Organizations should review their hiring practices and ensure anyone involved in the recruitment process is aware of the requirements and is sensitive when requesting, collecting and using past salary information.


Synthetic Urine in Drug Tests

yes, unfortunately fake urine is a thing….

As the landscape of illicit drugs continues to change, people strive to find creative ways to cheat a urine drug test. As a result, synthetic urine has become a popular means of attempting to elude a positive drug test result by replicating uric acid, a chemical naturally found in urine. PlusOne Solutions uses laboratories that perform validity testing to ensure the urine drug test specimen is human, is of the appropriate temperature and has not been tampered with. These additional steps are important to ensure the results are “the real thing.”


PA and PR Motor Vehicle Search Reminder 

Due to challenges completing motor vehicle records, PlusOne Solutions has created unique processing workflows in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. In these states, we ask the driver to provide a current copy of his driver’s license. It is not independently validated by the state, only reviewed by PlusOne for proper format and license status. If the driver cannot provide this documentation or does not hold a valid license, he will be considered ineligible, according to program requirements.

NOTE – the applicant can be designated as a “helper” (non-driver) which will deem him eligible. Additionally, in PA, each servicing/network company does have the option to apply for a PennDOT subaccount that will allow PlusOne to process detailed motor vehicle reports. The process requires an affidavit and takes about four weeks.


Contents are provided for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Users are reminded to seek legal counsel concerning their obligations and use of PlusOne Solutions services.


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