Appeals Court Rules Lawsuits Over Inaccurate Background Check Data Must Show Concrete Injury

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 12, 2018, a federal appeals court ruled that truck drivers cannot be awarded legal damages merely for inaccurate background check data in the federal Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP) database without showing “concrete injury,” according to an article on the Transport Topics website.

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Identity Fraud Affected All Time High of 16.7 Million U.S. Victims in 2017

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2018 Identity Fraud Study released by research-based advisory firm Javelin Strategy & Research has revealed the number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, a record high since the company began tracking identity fraud in 2003.

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Judge Rules Grubhub Delivery Driver is Contractor Not Employee in Important Case for Gig Economy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 2, 2018, a California federal judge ruled a former delivery driver for online food-ordering service Grubhub was an independent contractor and not an employee entitled to employment benefits in an important case for the emerging “gig economy,” according to a Courthouse News Service report.

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Survey Finds Most Americans Believe Job Search Too Impersonal

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly seven in 10 Americans – 69 percent – believe the job search today is too impersonal while eight in 10 – 80 percent – say applying for a job feels like sending their résumé or job application into a “black box,” according to the results of …

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ICE Serves I-9 Audit Notices to 77 Businesses in Northern California

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn From January 29 to 31, 2018, special agents from the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) served notices of inspection (NOIs) for I-9 audits to 77 businesses in the Northern California cities of San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose, KRON 4 News reports.

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Employers Looking for Workers Find Inmates and Ex-Offenders Can Make Good Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With the unemployment rate in the United States at 4.1 percent, businesses that complain they cannot find workers are turning to an untapped and underutilized source of labor – inmates and ex-offenders consisting of the approximately 20 million Americans who have been convicted of a felony.

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Court Rules for Texas Over EEOC in Case about Guidance on Use of Criminal Records by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 1, 2018, a U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Texas in a lawsuit challenging the guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that limits the ability of employers – including the state of Texas and its agencies – from categorically excluding convicted …

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Kansas City MO Adopts Ban the Box Ordinance to Give Ex-Offenders a Fair Chance at Employment

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 1, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri adopted a “Ban The Box” ordinance to bar private and public employers from asking applicants about criminal records and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process to give ex-offenders a fair chance at employment. The ordinance takes effect …

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CFPB To Redirect Mission and Focus Under New Leadership While Enforcing Consumer Protection Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 23, 2018, Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – an agency of the U.S. government responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector – sent a memo to employees informing them that the CFPB would continue to fulfill its legal …

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Jobs Report Shows U.S. Added 200,000 Jobs in January 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in January 2018 while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent for the fourth consecutive month, according to the jobs report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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