Better Business Bureau Offers 2017 BBB Holiday Guide to Help Consumers Shop Smart During Holidays

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

With the 2017 holiday season here, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is helping consumers and donors shop smart and give wisely with a 2017 BBB Holiday Guide that offers information for a happy and safe holiday shopping season. The guide is on the BBB website at www.bbb.org/council/holiday-helper/. Continue reading

Fix NICS Act of 2017 Aims to Ensure Accuracy of National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 15, 2017, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) – on behalf of a bipartisan group of Senators – introduced the “Fix NICS Act of 2017” to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used for the purchase of firearms, according to a press release on the Senator’s website. Continue reading

Job Applicants Consolidate Class Action Lawsuits Claiming FCRA Violations by Waffle House Background Check Reports

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Former job applicants who claim Waffle House violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with background check reports have filed a new complaint that “consolidates claims brought by 23 plaintiffs in two Waffle House class action lawsuits filed earlier this year,” according to a report from TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Arizona Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Delay Criminal Record Questions to Applicants for State Agency Jobs

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 6, 2017, Arizona governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2017-07 to adopt new “Ban the Box” hiring procedures to provide a second chance and increased job opportunities to Arizonans who have served their time and been released, according to a news release on the Governor’s website. Continue reading

Uber Faces Class Action Lawsuit Claiming Assaults by Drivers Due to Allegedly Inadequate Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies, Inc. – a leading global Transportation Network Company (TNC) – faces a class action lawsuit from two anonymous women who claim that as passengers they were sexually assaulted by two Uber drivers due in part to the TNC allegedly “using low cost, woefully inadequate background checks on drivers.” Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Alleged Violations of FCRA with Background Check Reports on Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A job applicant from Oregon has filed a class action lawsuit that claims superstore chain Fred Meyer allegedly failed to satisfy the requirements of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background check reports on applicants, according to a report from Top Class Actions. Continue reading

DOT Issues Final Rule to Add Semi-Synthetic Opioids to Drug Testing Panel to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a final rule in the Federal Register that adds four semi-synthetic opioids – hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone – to its drug testing panel for DOT regulated industries, adds methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte, and removes the testing for methylenedioxyethylamphetaime (MDEA), according to a DOT press release. DOT regulated employers will be required to test for these opioids starting January 1, 2018. Continue reading

California Public Utilities Commission Strengthens Background Checks of Drivers for Transportation Network Companies Such as Uber and Lyft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 9, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) strengthened the background checks required for drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft by requiring TNCs to use companies accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) when conducting background checks on drivers, according to a CPUC press release. Continue reading

Two Out of Three U.S. Adults Worry about Hackers Stealing Personal Information and Identity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two-thirds of adults in the United States worry about becoming victims of cybercrime with 67 percent worrying at least occasionally about computer hackers stealing their personal information and 66 percent worrying at least occasionally about identity theft, according to the Gallup Annual Crime Poll. Continue reading

California Employers Advised to Revise Policies and Practices to Comply with New Employment Laws for 2018

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California employers should revise employment policies and practices to comply with “new laws regulating the hiring and recruiting process, expanding parental leave rights, requiring changes to mandated harassment training, and limiting employers’ ability to cooperate with federal immigration agencies” before January 1, 2018, according to labor and employment law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP. Continue reading