JPMorgan Chase Granted Summary Judgment in FCRA Class Action Lawsuit over Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has granted JPMorgan Chase a summary judgment motion in a class action lawsuit that claimed the banking and financial services company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks, …

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NAPBS Issues Comments on Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments to the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) in response to the revised version of the proposed changes to DCJIS regulations governing the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) that reiterates previous comments NAPBS …

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USCIS Invites E-Verify Users to Join E-Verify Tutorial Listening Session

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is inviting all current E-Verify users to join the E-Verify Tutorial Listening Session on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 11:00:00 AM PDT to 12:00:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern.

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Updated EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan Concerned with Gig Economy and Big Data in Background Screening

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 that reaffirms the EEOC’s commitment to advancing equal opportunity in America’s workplaces while also recognizing new areas of potential concern such as complex employment relationships in the …

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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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