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Most employees and applicants will be required to take a drug test at least once during their careers. From the employer’s perspective, (illegal) drug use results in a higher level of absenteeism and decreased productivity, among other adverse factors. Additionally, many employers implement drug screening procedures before hiring (and sometimes after hiring) to protect themselves from liability for their workers’ actions. And while many workers believe that drug testing violates their right to privacy, employers often have the protection of the law, as long as they comply with state and federal regulations and apply the policy equally. This article deals with the legality of drug testing, both before and after hiring.

 

Drug Testing Before Hiring

With a few exceptions, private employers may require new hires to take a drug test for the first time as a condition of employment. Applicants have the right to refuse the test, but such refusal usually implies the job offer’s rejection. Unlike on-the-job drug testing, it does not need to be justified by safety considerations or other employment-related concerns beyond the desire to achieve a drug-free work environment when it is done before hiring.

Union members may not be required to submit to a narcotics test before hiring (or after) unless such testing programs are specifically negotiated and addressed in union contracts. While the U.S. Constitution does not protect private-sector employees from what could be considered privacy invasion, some states have laws that limit employers’ rights to test employees (or applicants) drug detection.

 

Drug Testing During Employment

Many states have laws limiting the conditions under which an employer can require employees to take a drug test. Typically, employers must justify testing employees with business or safety needs or respond to suspected use of drugs such as opioids, hallucinogens, or pain relievers.

In general, while they differ by state, testing employees for illegal drug use is permitted under the following circumstances:

  • The employer’s job poses a significant danger to the safety of yourself or others.
  • The employee is enrolled in a drug rehab program or has just been discharged from such a program.
  • The employee was involved in a workplace incident in which drug use is suspected.
  • Management has a reasonable suspicion that a particular employee has been using illegal drugs based on behavior or physical evidence.

State and federal regulations require employees in certain professions to be tested for drugs, including airline pilots and those who operate heavy machinery. If you’re unsure about the drug testing requirements for your job, contact the appropriate professional organization.

Invasion of privacy

Attempts to avoid drug testing because it violates employee privacy have been unsuccessful. That’s because the tests themselves do generally not violate an individual’s rights, although sometimes the way the test is performed (or the use of the results) may constitute a violation.

For example, the U.S. Supreme Court held that positive drug test results could not be used in subsequent criminal cases without the employee’s consent. Also, a drug test can be challenged on constitutional grounds if the results are indiscriminately disclosed, if the test is performed in a way that violates the person’s right to privacy, or if the test is performed excessively or improperly.

 

Medical Marijuana

At least 33 states have enacted laws that allow medical marijuana use by patients with health problems. Still, employees in those states are not required to provide reasonable accommodation to people who use medical marijuana. In other words, employers are free to ignore a legitimate state-issued medical marijuana certificate. One of the legal reasons behind this situation is that employers could be liable for any work-related injury caused by an employee whose marijuana test was positive, whether or not it is for medicinal use.

 

State Laws About Drug Testing

Most states have laws that address the implementation of workplace drug tests, either by limiting the circumstances under which the tests can be done or by providing incentives to employers to implement such tests.

The following is a brief sample of state policies on drug testing:

  • California: Employers who obtain state contracts or grants must certify that they will provide a drug-free work environment (similar to the federal requirement); Contractors must also provide a written policy to their employees.
  • Florida: State law gives priority to contractors who have implemented a procedure for a drug-free work environment, receiving a discount on your premiums for workers’ compensation.
  • Illinois: There is no legislation regarding drug testing.
  • New York: Does not have legislation regarding drug testing; state courts have supported the random implementation of drug and alcohol testing of city bus drivers, police officers, and correctional officers.
  • Texas: Businesses with more than 15 employees (and coverage for workers’ compensation) should adopt the workplace drug reduction policy of their choice.

 

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Tired of the run-of-the-mill birthday cake and birthday card? Want to do something a bit more special for your colleague? You’ve come to the right place!

Some companies set up birthday clubs and rotate the members every year so that everyone gets the chance to organize birthday parties. If your office does not have such a club, consider putting one in place. Having a team dedicated to that makes the planning and assigning of tasks easier. Consider setting up ‘departments’, such as food and beverage department and procurement department. Then, assign a point of contact for each of those departments.

If you are already part of the even party planning clubs or are part of a very small team, then go on ahead and read the post. If not, put up the team in place first, keep reading too and jot down the ideas you like. But you will have to brainstorm with your team before going ahead with one. Who knows? They may come up with an even better idea! If they do, do let us know in the comments below.

What Are Some Office Birthday Party Ideas?

Birthday parties can be planned in the office itself or can be an event held after your working hours. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

1. Throw a Pizza Party at Lunch

Who doesn’t love pizza! Since this can be held during your working hours, you don’t have to send an invite weeks in advance. The email can be sent on the same day or a few days in advance. We wouldn’t advise sending the invite on the same day though, considering that some people could already have lunch plans or already meal prepped something. We don’t want anyone to waste perfectly good food after all. Order many pizzas with different toppings and have it in the office kitchen for noon! Easy, simple and delicious!

On a side note, remember to take into account your vegan, vegetarian and gluten and/or lactose intolerant when ordering.

2. Plan a Happy Hour at a Local Bar

If it’s okay with the management, you can plan the birthday party at a local bar instead of the office. You have the option of planning a happy hour at a local bar for after-work or, even better yet, at a local billiard pool club. Invite your colleagues via email and ask them out for drinks for your coworker’s birthday. If you know your coworker prefers a particular bar to others, plan the birthday there and think of reserving a table. And hey, why not order a birthday cake as well?

3. Book Lunch Somewhere Special

If your colleagues won’t be available for happy hour, why not find a nice restaurant and book a table for lunch? This is easier if you have a small team. Again, find your coworker’s favourite local restaurant and try to snag a table there.

4. Organise Breakfast and Bring in Other Local Treats

Help your coworker start his day well! Order sandwiches, waffles, eggs and other local treats and invite them all to the kitchen. Maybe order coffee and milkshakes as well.

Before we end this post, let’s look at a few faux pas you should avoid at all costs.

1. Exclude Someone

There will inevitably be some people who will not be able to attend the party. This is more common in big corporations where most people have a crushing amount of workload and tight deadlines. Regardless, you don’t want to exclude anyone. Make sure that you include everyone in the office. Yes, even if you know that the colleague whose birthday you’re celebrating has had a falling out with another colleague.

Meaning that even if they can’t attend because of some prior obligations, does not mean that they can’t participate. This can be anything from ordering the cake to chipping in for a gift and writing a wish in the birthday card. You will therefore have to invite all of the departments as well as reach out to remote workers if your company employs any. Unless you are part of a very large company, of course. In companies that hire thousands of people, no one will expect you to invite the whole company. In these cases, focus on inviting only the colleagues in the same department.

2. Go Too Wild

Even if you want to make this special for your colleague, you don’t want to go over the top. This is still a work ‘event’ and will require a modicum of professionalism. This is a professional setting and you need everyone to remember this. Even if alcohol is being served, they are expected to drink responsibly and not create any scene that can potentially cause embarrassment to the company. You don’t want management to cancel all birthday events!

There you go! Now that you also know the don’ts you are ready to start your research. Happy planning!

It takes a lot to impress recruiters and hiring managers. While some tricks may work, remember that they must have seen almost every trick in the book when it comes to interviews. So, it’s not just about looking good. It’s really the content of the interview that will matter. If you really want to bag that security guard job you’ve trained so hard for, you’ll have to be more than just one more candidate in the cattle call of hundreds they’ll see this year. You really need to pull all the stops and stand out to make sure that you are not just a number.  So, how can you impress the recruiter?

Ace Your Next Interview with These Tips:

1. Know Your CV Inside Out

Most recruiters will begin the interview process by asking you to talk a bit about yourself this is the easiest question you can get and is the one question you must make sure to not stumble over. Look at each of the projects on which you’ve worked on and reflect on the biggest challenges you had to face and how you’ve overcome them. Prepare an explanation for any ‘sketchy’ details or gaps on your CV – the recruiter is sure to ask you questions about these. Ensure that your answers are consistent and congruent with what you have on your cv.

2. Think of How Each Experience You’ve Acquired so Far Are Important

It’s not sufficient to talk about each experience you’ve acquired. If you really to want impress the recruiter, quantify the impact you had in previous roles. In addition to finding out about your previous roles and how you’ve performed in that specific role, recruiters also want to understand the impact of your work on the overall performance of the team and the company. So, instead of just listing your previous roles, also mention the outcomes of what you did. Monetary savings or improved customer experience are two of the things that can reflect positively on your work. It also tells the recruiter that you are able to see the big picture and that you understand how your work impacts others.

3. Reflect on How Your Past Experience Can Help You in the Job You’re Interviewing for

Remember how you prepared a list of challenges you faced and how you overcame them? Use these when the interviewer will ask you what makes you a good fit for that specific role. Show how the experience you’ve acquired from these past challenges will help you in the job you are applying for. This is not the moment to be vague. Mention the goals you’ll be expected to meet in this role and the qualities the company is expecting their new recruit to have. Show how you already have these set of qualities or how you have been able to achieve the same targets in a previous company.

4. Don’t Let the Interview Turn into a Q&A Session

There are two mistakes you can make in an interview. The first one is giving short answers and not providing any other details without further probing from the recruiter. The second one is talking too much. The ideal situation is both you and your recruiter having a conversation. Thing is, it’s not just the recruiter trying to find out if you’re a good candidate for the role. You also want to know if the company is right for you. You can try researching the company and come armed with questions you may want answers to. Keep the conversation flowing by asking questions that add value to the interview. Your questions can cover the organization’s culture. With a better understanding of their culture, you’ll be able to have a clearer idea of how you fit in.

5. Don’t Overlook Grooming

We know we said that an interview is just more than grooming. But if you go to your interview all scruffy and dirty, you’ll send a very clear message to the recruiter: the job wasn’t important enough for you to put in an effort to clean up. Remember that it takes only a few seconds for someone to form a first impression about you. Let that first impression be a favourable one!

Below you’ll find five grooming tips that will have you looking in tiptop shape for your interview:

Tips for men:

  1. For a put-together look, start by trim all your facial hair, including beard, moustache, ears and nostril hair. To be on the safe side, you can also go clean-shaven.
  2. Comb your hair and use styling products that give your hair a natural look. Avoid gels that make your hair look greasy.
  3. Wear freshly laundered and neatly pressed suit or shirts and pants.
  4. Stress might cause you to sweat. So use deodorant to stay fresh. Just avoid strong fragrances as they can be distracting.

Tips for women

  1. If you have long hair, pull it in a bun or tie it up in a ponytail.
  2. Don’t wear too much makeup. Go for a natural look. The less the better.
  3. Avoid plunging necklines and micro-mini skirts. Your pantsuit or dress must also be freshly laundered and neatly pressed.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes but keep it business-like.
  5. Just like men, use deodorant to avoid any unpleasant odour.

Property owners, businesses and governments contract or employ security guards to maintain a high visibility presence on-site to deter and discourage any illegal activity, such as damage to property, theft and other criminal or unsafe activities. To protect property, equipment, personnel and money, security guards are expected to patrol the area to act a visible deterrent to unauthorised and criminal behaviour.

However, their jobs do not consist of only patrolling. Which is why prospective security guards have to ensure they complete the training requirements of the state they wish to work in. In addition to getting training from a registered and accredited training organization, you will also need to get relevant licences.

Before diving into the steps required to become a security guard, this blog will cover the job description of a security guard, what employers look for and skills and attributes that will make you a successful security guard. At the end of the post, we’ll also include additional training you can undertake to have more employment opportunities.

If you think you have what it takes to be a Security Guard, keep reading!

Security Officer: Job Description

While it’s true that the primary responsibility of a security guard is to protect the employer’s property and assets from theft and vandalism, their tasks and duties are not restricted to just that. Below is a list of things that will be expected from you, as a security guard:

  1. Have the ability to work in a variety of settings, including universities, banks, public buildings, private -properties, and retail stores.
  2. Monitor security systems and surveillance equipment, including closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and computer alarm systems.
  3. Act in a timely manner to prevent hazards or damage to property and/or personnel.
  4. Check gates, doors, and windows for signs of unauthorised entry when patrolling.
  5. Respond to alarms personally or communicate with mobile units by radio to attend alarms.
  6. Prepare reports for:
    • times of inspections
    • presence of authorised persons incidents
    • events, irregularities and problems that may have occurred on sites,
  7. Liaise with emergency services, including police and fire department, if any incident occurred.
  8. Perform first aid if required.
  9. Apprehend and detain trespassers until the arrival of the police.
  10. Issue security passes.
  11. Make security arrangements for authorised visitors.
  12. Report any activity that may seem fraudulent or suspicious, even if these activities have been performed by employees or supervisors.
  13. Provide reception services.

What Are Employers Looking for?

  1. Assertive with good communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  2. First aid certification
  3. Ability to work under pressure and retain one’s calm under all circumstances
  4. Holder of a security licence
  5. Honest, responsible and trustworthy
  6. Observant and alert, with good common sense
  7. Be able to think on their feet
  8. Ability to make fast, accurate decisions
  9. Be physically fit (a medical examination may be required)
  10. Good hearing and eyesight (may be corrected)

Steps to Becoming a Security Guard

Step 1: Complete basic training

Since security guards are expected to know safety awareness, crowd control, self-defence techniques, staff professionalism, and legal rights and obligations, we would recommend you complete the following courses if you want to become a security officer:

  1. Senior Secondary Certificate of Education
    • VCE
    • QCE
    • HSC
  2. Certificate II in Security Operations (CPP20212)
  3. Basic training in first aid
    • You can also choose to complete the additional training, such as cardiopulmonary, basic emergency life support and management of asthma.

Remember to check if the training organisation is a Registered Training Organization (RTO) that is accredited by the state’s police.

Step 2: Get a security guard license

Once you’ve completed the relevant training with an accredited security training course from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you are ready to apply for a security licence.

Since, licencing requirements vary from one state to another, check with the regulator in the state you plan to work and see if you’ll require any additional documentation. If you’ve respected all the guidelines, you should receive your security license and be on patrol in no time!

Step 3: Start applying for work

Since there are lots of employment opportunities for security officers, you can start working right away! Update your resume and consider applying in the following sectors/industries:

  • Schools
  • Government buildings
  • Transport companies
  • Retail stores
  • Office buildings

Step 4: Upskill and specialise for better employment opportunities

As with any other jobs, the more qualifications and licenses you possess, the more employable you will be. There are two ways to go about this: you can sign up for additional courses, or choose to specialise in one area only.

Areas in which you can take additional courses include:

  1. criminal justice
  2. conflict resolution
  3. event management

Or you can specialise in the following:

  1. air security officer
  2. protectives service officer
  3. bodyguard
  4. crowd controller

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