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E EVEN FOR THE MOST EXPERIENCED DRIVER, AVOIDING obstacles and driving safely is often a complex and demanding task. Pest professionals spend an inordinate amount of time behind the wheel and must ensure that their technicians, equipment and the general public are safe when their vehicles are on the road. An employer is always responsible for the actions of its employees. Without proper driver controls in place, the reputation of your business could be in jeopardy. Working towards a position of adequate controls requires that all of the following conditions are met. Background checks: Aside from DOT compliance, pre-hire screening and background checks have become a vital part of the employment process, both as a means to help screen out undesirable employees as well as ensuring that the best possible candidates are hired. Additionally, pre-hire screening is an important part of controlling both your automobile loss experience and your workers' compensation costs. The ideal background check must be accurate, comprehensive, and of course, legally compliant. Coordinating these factors can be costly and time-consuming. If you outsource, make sure that the company you choose complies with your state laws throughout the screening process. Some of the background screenings which you may want to consider include criminal searches, sex offender registries, employment histories, educational histories and more. Generally, employment verification is conducted during the background screening process that a new hire candidate goes through, but it warrants its own focus based on its importance to your organization. Using the Department of Transportation, or DOT, all employers are required to verify a minimum of three years of past employment for all newly hired drivers. Important factors to consider when looking to hire a new driver include: dates of employment, positions held, locations driven, accidents, tickets, criminal background and drug screening results. The information that is provided by the applicant will obviously be verified prior to completing a hire. However, if the information given does not match the driver's claims, or if the company refuses to release the verifying data without driver consent, don't hire the driver until the issue is resolved. Driver Motor Vehicle Record (MVR): DOT requires companies to obtain a copy of each driver's motor vehicle record within 30 days of employment; although it's recommended that you do so before sending drivers on to the road. This reduces the risk of unwanted surprises resulting from drivers having suspended licenses or an excess of traffic tickets while the driver is actively operating one of your vehicles. Continued on page 34 PESTWORLD > NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2016 | 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PestWorld - November/December 2016

President’s Message
View From the Summit
No Crystal Ball Needed
The Marketing Plan Revisited
Heard From the Hill: Reasonable Overtime Legislation Introduced to Phase-in Threshold Increase
Marketing Corner: Year in Review: Top Trends in Pest Management Marketing
Ask the Expert
Membership Programs: Networking: Put Yourself in the Right Room
Hiring Drivers
Calendar of Events
Index to Advertisers
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - cover1
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PestWorld - November/December 2016 - President’s Message
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 9
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - View From the Summit
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PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 12
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 13
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - No Crystal Ball Needed
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PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 17
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - The Marketing Plan Revisited
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 19
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 20
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 21
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Heard From the Hill: Reasonable Overtime Legislation Introduced to Phase-in Threshold Increase
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 23
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Marketing Corner: Year in Review: Top Trends in Pest Management Marketing
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 25
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Ask the Expert
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 27
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Membership Programs: Networking: Put Yourself in the Right Room
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 29
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Hiring Drivers
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 31
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - 32
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Calendar of Events
PestWorld - November/December 2016 - Index to Advertisers
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