U.S. Economy Adds 261,000 Jobs in October 2017 while Unemployment Drops to 4.1 Percent

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 261,000 jobs in October 2017 while the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons dropped to 4.1 percent and 6.5 million during the month, according to the Employment Situation released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Class Action Lawsuit Claims Home Depot Violated FCRA with Background Checks of Job Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A class action lawsuit filed by a Florida man claims Home Depot USA violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks on potential employees by not making the proper disclosures required by the FCRA to job applicants, according to a report from Top Class …

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Maryland Rejects Nearly 15 Percent of Drivers Who Passed Uber and Lyft Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has indicated that “nearly 15 percent of new ride-hail drivers” were removed from apps over the past six months for failing state mandated screening “despite having passed Uber and Lyft’s background checks,” according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has voted to Ban the Box and will “remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications” to give applicants seeking employment with Spokane Country, Washington a fair chance, according to a report from The Spokesman-Review.

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Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A woman who admitted in court that she lied about her credentials and experience on her resume to work as a nurse at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital for months and teach nursing at a New Mexico college shows the importance of education and employment verifications when background screening …

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ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan has indicated he instructed the investigative unit of ICE, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), to potentially quadruple worksite enforcement actions next year while speaking at an event focused on enforcing immigration laws and strengthening border security, according a video recording …

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FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Education (ED) will co-host an workshop on “Student Privacy and Ed Tech”  on December 1, 2017, to examine how the FTC’s Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to schools and intersects with the Family Educational …

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First Annual Review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Shows Data Protected but Also Makes Recommendations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 18, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its report on the first annual review of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield that protects personal data of people in the European Union (EU) transferred to companies in the United States (U.S.) for commercial purposes, according to a press …

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Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Home Depot Citing Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 18, 2017, a California federal judge granted a Motion to Dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit against Home Depot that claimed the retailer violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by failing to make proper disclosures and failing to obtain proper authorization when screening.

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FTC to Host Informational Injury Workshop to Examine Injuries Suffered when Consumer Information Misused

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – has announced that it will host a “Informational Injury Workshop” in order to examine questions about injuries consumers suffer when their information is misused on December 12, 2017, according to an …

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