Employers Should Not Let Guard Down on FCRA Compliance in Wake of Supreme Court Spokeo Ruling

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers should not “let their guard down about complying with background screening rules” such as the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) despite recent court rulings such as the dismissal of a proposed FCRA class action lawsuit against transportation network company Lyft, Inc. by a federal judge …

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Rhode Island Law Requires Transportation Network Companies Outsourcing Screening of Drivers to Use NAPBS Accredited Firms

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new law in Rhode Island taking effect in October of 2016 – S 2864 as Amended – requires Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who use third party Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) for the background screening of potential drivers to only use …

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North Las Vegas Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Help Job Seekers with Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn North Las Vegas has become the first municipality in Nevada to adopt a “Ban the Box” policy that will remove the box on city job applications that applicants must check if they have criminal records to allow ex-offenders a fair chance to advance in the hiring process, …

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EEOC Holds Meeting on Use of Big Data in Background Checks for Employment Decisions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. on how “Big Data” – the use of algorithms, data scraping of the internet, and other means of evaluating thousands of pieces of information about an …

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Judge Dismisses FCRA Class Action Lawsuit Against Lyft Citing Supreme Court Spokeo Decision

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A California federal court judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Lyft, Inc. over alleged violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) during the transportation network company’s background check process citing the Supreme Court decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins that held plaintiffs …

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

  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 …

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Court Rules Structure of CFPB is Unconstitutional

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 …

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

  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 …

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Department of Education Upholds Recommendation to Remove ACICS Accreditation

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 …

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

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.

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