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Thomas Ahearn is the ESR News Blog Editor. Please email comments & questions to tahearn@esrcheck.com.

Civil Rights Group Concerned Amazon Policy on Background Checks May Harm Minority Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has sent a letter to Amazon that expresses “profound concern” over recently implemented policies on background checks by the company that resulted in the mass termination of dozens of primarily Black and Latino Amazon drivers, including the firing of 30-40 such employees on a single day in the Boston, MA area. Continue reading

Court Rules Structure of CFPB is Unconstitutional

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled the structure of an independent agency established by Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – is unconstitutional and that the current CFPB Director “enjoys more unilateral authority than any other officer in any of the three branches of the U.S. Government, other than the President.” Continue reading

DOJ and EEOC Report Finds Background Checks Can Be Barrier to Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a comprehensive report entitled “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement” that examines many promising practices as well as possible barriers – including criminal background checks – in recruitment, hiring, and retention for advancing diversity in law enforcement. Continue reading

Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Department of Education (ED) has upheld the ED staff and the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) recommendations  that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) should no longer be recognized as an agency that can provide schools with an accreditation that makes them eligible for participation in federal aid. A copy of this decision is available online at http://blog.ed.gov/files/2016/06/ACICS.pdf. Continue reading

U.S. Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs in September 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in September 2016 while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons rose slightly to 5.0 percent and 7.9 million respectively in the month, according to the Employment Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

California to Prohibit Employers from Considering Juvenile Records for Employment Purposes

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation taking effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1843 – that will amend the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain juvenile records occurring while that person was subject to juvenile court law. Continue reading

NAPBS Submits Comments to Los Angeles Mayor and City Council Regarding Ban the Box Legislation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) has submitted comments to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council regarding proposed “ban the box” legislation noting that rule amendments would pose “severe compliance challenges” for employers in the city, especially Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) currently regulated by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Continue reading

National Background Investigations Bureau Launched to Ensure Integrity of Federal Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 1, 2016, the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) was officially launched with the mission of “delivering efficient and effective background investigations to ensure the integrity and trustworthiness of the Federal workforce.” Continue reading

Home Health Care Agency Sued for Alleged Negligent Hiring and Supervision of Sweetheart Swindler

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A woman has sued a home health care agency for the alleged negligent hiring and supervision of a well-known con artist dubbed “The Sweetheart Swindler” with a long criminal history of stealing from the elderly dating back to the 1960s, according to a report from the Courthouse News (CN) Service. Continue reading

New California Law Requires Stricter Background Checks on Transportation Network Company Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will take effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill (AB 1289) – and require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to conduct stricter background checks on their drivers or else face a fine up to $5,000 for each violation of the law. Continue reading