Yearly Archives: 2017

Avis Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged FCRA Violations with Background Checks for $2.7 Million

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Avis has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claims the car rental company allegedly violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks on job applicants for employment purposes, according to a report on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

Webinar to Show Organizations How to Use Data Superpowers to Attract and Select Talent for Workplace

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Human Resource Systems Group (HRSG), Ascendify, and Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will present a webinar entitled “Using Data Superpowers to Intelligently Attract and Select Your Talent” to show how technology and advanced solutions can help organizations be smarter with talent acquisition, selection, and screening programs. The webinar takes place Tuesday, December 5, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST. To register, click here. Continue reading

Uber Fined $8.9 Million by Colorado Public Utilities Commission Over Driver Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 20, 2017, criminal investigators with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a Civil Penalty Assessment Notice (CPAN) totaling $8.9 for Transportation Network Company (TNC) Uber Technologies, Inc. “for allowing individuals with disqualifying criminal or motor vehicle offenses, or without valid licenses, to drive for the company,” according to a news release from the Colorado PUC. Continue reading

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