December 2022 Newsletter

December 2022 Newsletter

‘Tis the Season!

I hope you’re enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

To make things easier for our clients our team has developed a new text feature to add to our candidate communication in our PEEK Platform.

Please see below some important updates you should be aware of.

We hope you enjoy the holidays with family and friends and we look forward to serving you in the year ahead.

As always, contact our team with any questions!

Stay Safe & Healthy

Sandra James

Important Updates and Information

Requirements for Redacting Personal Data Identifiers in Electronically Filed Documents

Guidance on Redacting Personal Data Identifiers in Electronically Filed Documents

Pursuant to Section ECF-9 of the Administrative Order Regarding Electronic Case Filing, unless the court orders otherwise, parties must refrain from including or must redact certain personal data identifiers from documents filed with the court to the extent required by FRAP 25(a)(5), including date of birth. This applies to background screening documents.

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Update

Beginning January 6, 2023, a pre-employment Clearinghouse query will satisfy the requirement to investigate a prospective driver’s previous drug and alcohol program violations, as set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e)(4) and 382.413(b).

Employers of CDL drivers are required to conduct background investigations before hiring a driver. This process includes determining if the driver has violated the drug and alcohol regulations of any Department of Transportation (DOT) mode within the past three years (see 49 CFR 391.23(e)(1)-(3) and 382.413(a)). Currently, this requires employers or their designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) to conduct both electronic queries in the Clearinghouse and manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the three-year time frame.

Beginning January 6, 2023, when three years of violation data is stored in the Clearinghouse, prospective employers must conduct a pre-employment query of the Clearinghouse, as set forth in § 382.701(a), to comply with the inquiry requirement in §§ 382.413(b) and 391.23(e)(4), as it pertains to FMCSA-regulated employers. Inquiries not conducted under § 382.701(a) will not satisfy these inquiry requirements.

NOTE: The Clearinghouse contains only information about drivers employed by FMCSA-regulated employers. If a prospective employee was employed by an employer regulated by a DOT agency other than FMCSA (such as the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) during the three-year time frame, prospective employers will still be required to directly request drug and alcohol violation information from those DOT-regulated employers in accordance with 391.23(e)(4)(ii) and 382.413(c), since this information is not reported to the Clearinghouse.

Annual query requirements have not changed.

Employers of CDL drivers must conduct a query in the Clearinghouse at least once a year for each CDL driver they employ (see § 382.701(b)). This annual query requirement applies on a rolling 12-month basis, which means that if you conducted your last annual queries in December 2021, it is time to conduct the next round of annual queries.


Employers must obtain general consent from CDL drivers they employ before conducting limited queries in the Clearinghouse to view these drivers’ information (you can download a sample limited query consent form).

Are you up-to-date on your annual queries?

Log in to the Clearinghouse and visit your Query History page to see if your annual queries are due. For instructions on conducting annual queries, download the How to Conduct a Limited Query job aid.

COVID Tests Available

Employers are scrambling to keep their employees healthy and the demand for COVID tests has continued to rise. We currently have COVID tests available. If you need any, call us at (925) 927-3333 to place an order.

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