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October Holidays
  • Monday, October 11th: Columbus Day
  • Monday, October 18th: Alaska Day (Alaska)
  • Friday, October 29th: Nevada Day (Nevada)
International
  • Friday, October 1 - October 8th: Chinese countries will celebrate Golden Week - No transactions will be processed or updated during this time
  • Monday, October 4th: Labour Day/Queens Birthday/Territory Day (Australia)
  • Thursday, October 7th: Navaratri (United Kingdom)
  • Monday, October 11th: Norfolk Island Agricultural Show Day (Australia); Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  • Tuesday, October 12th: Maha Saptami (India); Hispanic Day (Spain)
  • Wednesday, October 13th: Maha Ashtami (India)
  • Thursday, October 14th: Maha Navami (India); Dussehra (United Kingdom)
  • Friday, October 15th: Dussehra (India)
  • Tuesday, October 19th: Muslims throughout the world will observe the Prophets
  • Friday, October 22nd: Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day (New Zealand)
  • Monday, October 25th: Labour Day (New Zealand)
  • Thursday, October 28th: Public Service Holiday (Brazil)

Delays and Closures
Closures and Delays: MVR Closures and Delays:
  • Kentucky: Kentucky MVRs will be unavailable on Saturday, 10/24/2021 from 2:00am CT to 9:00am CT.
  • Texas: Texas MVRs will be unavailable on Sunday, 10/24/2021 from 6:00am CT to 11:00am CT.
  • Oklahoma: Oklahoma MVRs will be unavailable on Sunday, 10/24/2021 from 6:30am CT to 11:00am CT.
DRUG TESTING ALERT

We continue to monitor laboratory delays and want to provide you with an update. Please see the summary below for each lab:

  • 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.
  • Alere
    The vast majority of specimens that were impacted by Hurricane Ida have been reported. Alere is current with regards to accessioning, screening and negative reporting, but continue to lag in the area of confirmations and positive certifications. They are continuing to focus on that area from a staffing and operational effectiveness perspective. As of October 7th, all results that were collected and received at the laboratory have been processed. Alere recommends a recollection for any specimen collected prior to October 7th that has not been received by the lab.



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



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