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Drug Free Workplace – Undercover Investigations

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

Undercover Investigations

The State of Florida recently signed a bill to allow drug testing in the workplace – The Drug Free Workplace Act.  The test can be done randomly every three months and include up to 10% of a company’s workforce.  Positive tests can result in immediate termination.

While this may assist companies with on the job usage that could cause potential safety risks (e.g. forklift drivers or other machine operators), it doesn’t address other drug related issues that may be going on in a workplace.  There are cases where drug dealers have applied for employment with companies to open themselves to a new clientele in a relatively ‘safe’ zone free of police patrols like they would encounter on the streets.

To investigate possible drug activity like dealing, which can lead to workplace violence if deals go bad, an undercover investigator would be suggested.  Undercover investigators will document who is involved and where the violations are taking place.  This can also include video and the company can take appropriate action with the evidence collected.

Drug Free Workplace enacted in Florida

By: By Maggie Rooks | Special to the Floridan
Published: April 19, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a bill into law that allows Florida state agencies to randomly test workers for drugs.

The Drug Free Workplace Act will let state employers test up to 10 percent of their workforce once every three months. The first time an employee tests positive, he or she will be fired.

The testing was first proposed in the 2011 Florida Legislature session but was passed in the state House of Representatives and Senate during the last week of the 2012 session, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Previous Florida drug testing laws only allowed for the random testing of state workers in “safety sensitive” situations and treatment options instead of automatic termination on the first positive test, according to the statute.

Victoria Mock, 20, has never been drug tested for her job as a student worker for the Leon County School Board. However, she isn’t worried about the new statute.

“I wouldn’t find being tested inconvenient because I have nothing to be worried about,” Mock said.

For the purposes of the Florida Drug Free Workplace Act, the term “drug” can refer to alcohol, prescription medicines, narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, opiates and any other addicting substances.

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Workplace Fraud Costs

December 6th, 2011 Comments off

An excellent article and stats on Canadian HR Reporter regarding corporate theft and fraud.  From our experience, we can confirm that companies often believe their exposure to fraud is low, but often times we are able to not only present evidence contrary to that, but uncover other issues that would require undercover investigations like drug abuse or potential workplace violence issues.  Here is the article…

 

Workplace fraud costs employers billions annually

Most SMEs ill-equipped to respond to problem: CGA-Canada

Workplace fraud in Canada costs small and medium enterprises (SMEs) billions of dollars each year, according to a research report from the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada). Collective losses are estimated at $3.2 billion for 2010. Yet many firms are overlooking the problem or underestimating their vulnerability.

“The risk of workplace fraud is almost certain to rise as economic growth slows and more employees experience financial difficulties,” said Rock Lefebvre, CGA-Canada’s vice-president of research and standards and co-author of the report. “It’s a genuine threat and companies need to be vigilant. It may be a case of pay now, for prevention, detection and response measures, or quite possibly pay later.”

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Future Undercover Investigation Subject Candidate?

November 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Our AFI undercover investigations team can describe examples of drug dealers obtaining employment at certain companies to have an immediate client base or thieves for access to merchandise, but this teenager didn’t put as much thought in to it obviously.  This kid said he hadn’t planned on stealing, and that is often how all levels of corporate theft and fraud start out.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KTLA) — It’s not the way to impress a potential boss. A local teenager walked into a Airsoft and Hobby World about a week ago, submitted a resume and walked out the door with stolen merchandise.  The boy, whose name KTLA 5 has withheld because of his age, handed over a resume with his full name, his phone number and his address.

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