CFPB Issues Bulletin to Prevent Unlawful Credit Reporting about Medical Debt

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a bulletin about “Medical Debt Collection and Consumer Reporting Requirements in Connection with the No Surprises Act” to remind credit bureaus of their legal obligations under the “No Surprises Act” that protects consumers from certain unexpected medical bills. Companies that …

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Lead Generator to Pay $1.5 Million FTC Penalty for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A lead generation company that allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by unlawfully obtaining and reselling credit scores of consumers will pay $1.5 million in civil penalties and face restrictions on their operations as a result of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit, according …

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EEOC and OFCCP Launch “HIRE” to Build on Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have launched a Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE) to advance equal employment opportunity and build on the legacy of famed civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Jr. …

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SCOTUS Blocks COVID-19 Vaccine or Testing Mandate for Large Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor that blocked the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that required employers …

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“Great Resignation” of Workers Quitting Jobs in 2021 May Continue in 2022

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The “Great Resignation” in the United States that saw a record-high number of workers voluntarily resign from their jobs in 2021 – including a record 4.5 million workers who quit in November of 2021 – should continue in 2022, according to a survey by ResumeBuilder.com that revealed …

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ClearStar and Current Consulting Group to Present Webinar on Drug Testing

Written by ClearStar ClearStar, a leading provider of Human Capital Integrity™ technology-based services, is presenting a free webinar with Current Consulting Group (CCG), a consulting team of respected experts in the field of employee screening, about “The 8 Essential Components of an Effective Drug Testing Policy… and How to Keep Your Policy Up to Date” …

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CFPB Report Details Complaint Response Deficiencies of Large Credit Bureaus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 5, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual report of consumer and credit reporting complaints that revealed how changes in complaint responses from three nationwide consumer reporting agencies (NCRAs) – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – resulted in less consumer relief. The report from …

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Harris County TX Adopts “Ban the Box” Policy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 4, 2022, Harris County in Texas adopted a “Ban the Box” policy that will prohibit most county departments from asking about the criminal history of job applicants and remove the box on county employment applications that applicants must check if they have a criminal record, …

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December 2021 Jobs Report Shows 199,000 Jobs Added During Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 199,000 jobs in December 2021 while the unemployment rate declined to 3.9 percent, according to the jobs report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, manufacturing, and construction during the …

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 7, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments regarding a COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to protect an …

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