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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California to Prohibit Employers from Considering Juvenile Records for Employment Purposes

  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 …

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

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) …

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National Background Investigations Bureau Launched to Ensure Integrity of Federal Workforce

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.”

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