November 2019 Jobs Report Reveals U.S. Economy Gained 266,000 Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 266,000 jobs during November of 2019 while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent during the month, according to the November 2019 jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobs report for November …

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FTC Publishes Agenda for Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop with CFPB

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – which promotes competition while protecting and educating consumers – has published the final agenda with confirmed panelists for the Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop that the FTC will co-host with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, …

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FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies Over Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 3, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency promoting competition while protecting and educating consumers – announced that it reached settlements with four companies that allegedly misrepresented their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework that enables companies to transfer consumer data …

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Consumer Reporting Agency to Pay $3.6 Million to Settle FCRA Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 12, 2019, a Florida federal judge granted final approval for a $3.6 million settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) to resolve allegations that the CRA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by providing employers with background …

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CFPB Requires Screening Firm to Pay $8.5 Million for Alleged FCRA Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 22, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – an agency enforcing federal consumer financial laws – filed a proposed Stipulated Final Judgment and Order that will require a background screening company to pay $6 million in monetary relief and a $2.5 million civil money …

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How to Avoid Identity Theft and Fraud during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimating that 164 million people will plan to shop from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the start of the holiday season can be “a bonanza for cyber criminals,” according to a report from CNBC Make It that offers the following tips …

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips to Avoid Job Scams in Holiday Season

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Better Business Bureau (BBB) – a leader in advancing marketplace trust – is offering tips for avoiding job scams during the holiday season from scammers trying to take advantage of job seekers looking for work from retailers and shippers that hire seasonal workers to fulfill the …

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USCIS Reminds E-Verify Users of Annual Historical Records Purge in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding users of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system that they will purge historical E-Verify records on January 2, 2020, to reduce security and privacy risks associated with government retention of personally identifiable information (PII). As a result, E-Verify …

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EEOC Announces $6 Million Settlement in Criminal Background Check Discrimination Lawsuit

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 18, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing the federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – announced that a major retail chain had agreed to pay $6 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the …

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CFPB Issues Rule on Screening and Training of Mortgage Loan Originators

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 15, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the agency enforcing federal consumer financial laws – issued an interpretive rule clarifying screening and training requirements for financial institutions which employ loan originators with temporary authority that will be effective on November 24, 2019. The …

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