June 2020 Jobs Report Shows 4.8 Million Jobs Added in Recovery from COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 4.8 million jobs while the unemployment rate declined to 11.1 percent in June 2020, improvements reflecting the continued resumption of economic activity curtailed in March and April due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of …

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Enforcement of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Begins July 1, 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert reminding consumers of their data privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which provides consumers with access to and control over their personal information. The Attorney General will begin enforcement of the CCPA …

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FBI Warns Public of Potential Fraud Schemes in Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned the public about potential fraud schemes related to antibody tests for COVID-19 since scammers “are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results,” according to a press release from the FBI. “In addition, …

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USCIS Releases Form I-9 Examples Related to Temporary COVID-19 Policies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – has released examples showing employers how to notate the Form I-9 when remotely inspecting employment authorization and identity documents due to …

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Virginia “Ban the Box” Law for Simple Marijuana Possession Takes Effect July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed “Ban the Box” legislation into law – House Bill 972/Senate Bill 2 – to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for simple marijuana possession. The law will take effect on …

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Attorney Lester Rosen Discusses Gig Economy Background Checks in Podcast

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), participated in a podcast titled “Background Checks and Beyond” hosted by Elle Tucker of the Marketplace Risk Platform Podcast to talk about screening for the “gig economy.” …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Offers Guidance on Background Checks During COVID-19 Crisis

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With certain background checks limited by court, business, and school closures during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some organizations are making job offers to candidates that come with an “honesty clause” that allows employers to terminate employees “if misinformation or omissions are found when standard screening protocols are …

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CFPB Issues Consumer Reporting FAQs for CARES Act and COVID-19 Pandemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 16, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – which helps businesses comply with federal consumer financial law – issued Consumer Reporting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)” and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On April …

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EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance to Address Antibody Testing

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an updated and expanded technical assistance publication to address questions about federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic such as antibody testing, according to an EEOC press release. The EEOC …

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NFL Cancels Meeting with Auction Winner Due to Failed Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 29, 2020, the National Football League (NFL) announced the cancellation of a meeting between the winner of a COVID-19 charity auction and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to experience a “Monday Night Football” game at Goodell’s home due to a failed background check, the Sports Business …

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