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November Holidays
  • Tuesday, November 2nd: Election Day
  • Thursday, November 11th: Veterans Day Federal Holiday
  • Thursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 26th: Day after Thanksgiving most courts closed
International
  • Monday, November 1st: Christians throughout the world will observe All Saints Day
  • Tuesday, November 2nd: Christians throughout the world will observe All Souls Day
  • Wednesday, November 3rd: Independence Day / Kosrae Self Government Day (Micronesia); Independence Day (Panama)
  • Thursday, November 4th: Hindus, Jains, Sikhs will observe Diwali, Citizenship Day (Northern Mariana Islands); National Symbols Day (Panama)
  • Friday, November 5th: Govardhan Puja (India); Birthday of the Sultan of Perak (Malaysia); Colon Day (Panama)
  • Monday, November 8th: Pohnpei Constitution Day (Micronesia)
  • Tuesday, November 9th: Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi) (India); Shout in the Villa de los Santos (Panama)
  • Thursday, November 11th: Remembrance Day (Canada); Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan (Malaysia); Veterans of Foreign Wars Day (Micronesia); Veteran’s Day (Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Friday, November 12th: Birthday of the Sultan of Kelantan, Day 2 (Malaysia); Canterbury Anniversary Day (New Zealand)
  • Wednesday, November 17th: Full Moon Day of Tazaugmone Holiday (Myanmar)
  • Thursday, November 18th: Water Festival Ceremony, Day 1 (Cambodia); Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone (Myanmar)
  • Friday, November 19th: Water Festival Ceremony, Day 2 (Cambodia); Guru Nanak Jayanti (India)
  • Tuesday, November 23rd: Presidents Day (Micronesia)
  • Wednesday, November 24th: Thanksgiving Day (Australia); Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day (India)
  • Thursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Day (Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Monday, November 29th: First Day of Hanukkah (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom); National Day (Myanmar); Chatham Islands Anniversary Day (New Zealand), Westland Anniversary Day (New Zealand); Independence from Spain (Panama)

HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Cisive will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.



Delays and Closures
Closures and Delays:
DRUG TESTING ALERT

In Summary:
Our vendors continues to monitor laboratory delays and communicate any progress or remaining challenges. Please see the updated summary below for each of our main lab partners

  • Quest
    Quest is still rebounding from staffing challenges and is working diligently to decrease specimen backlog. Currently, specimens received at the laboratory on 10/11 are beginning initial processing. Post-testing, certifiers continue to work through specimens received on 10/7 and 10/8. Quest has committed to making changes that will significantly impact reporting times including: implementing a 2nd shift processing team which will be fully staffed by mid-to-late October; adding more staff to their screening department, allowing for more testing capacity; and most importantly, adding more certifiers, which will immediately improve reporting times.
  • LabCorp
    LabCorp's main lab in North Carolina reports delays ranging up to 5 days with specimens that require confirmation testing. In addition to sending specimens to other LabCorp facilities for testing, LabCorp has also implemented mandatory overtime for employees to mitigate the specimen backlog. Specimens that do not require confirmation testing are reported within normal timeframes.

Additional collection site issues:
Additionally, we have been informed that due to the current climate around global shortage of raw materials, staffing, logistical constraints, and bottlenecks in international shipping, operations and fulfillment of supply orders are being negatively affected. This is not unique to any one laboratory or to drug testing supplies specifically. Parent laboratories are continually assessing stock and are hard at work to ensure Patient Service Centers have the necessary supplies to perform services.

Collection sites may be subject to closure or decreased availability daily. Please call the collection site to verify the operating hours and availability of testing shown is still current before the donor goes there for testing.

We appreciate your patience during this time. We will continue to provide updates as changes occur.



COMPLIANCE UPDATES

I-9/E-VERIFY

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently extended its flexibility regarding the requirement for employers to physically inspect documents presented for Section 2 of the Form I-9; due to COVID-19 precautions, DHS' policy is extended through December 31, 2021.

Originally announced on March 19, 2020, and extended several times since then, this policy allows employers that are operating 100% remotely due to COVID-19 to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Section 2 of the Form I-9. If employees are physically present at the workplace, however, in-person document inspection is required.

Once normal operations resume or DHS’s extension of flexibilities is terminated on August 31, 2021, whichever is earlier, employees who were on-boarded during this time must report to their employer within three business days for in-person verification of the document(s) presented for Section 2 of the Form I-9.

For additional information, please click the link here to ICE’s website. Read more



COMPLIANCE ALERTS: