Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed “all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis” during remarks in the East Room of the White House.Continue reading "Drug Testing for Opioids Expected to Increase after President Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Public Health Emergency"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Updated November 7, 2017) The deceased suspect in a mass shooting in a Texas church that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded – which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history – passed a background check required to purchase the …Continue reading "Texas Church Shooting Suspect Passed Gun Background Check Despite Military Court-Martial for Assault"
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.Continue reading "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 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 …Continue reading "Class Action Lawsuit Claims Home Depot Violated FCRA with Background Checks of Job 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.Continue reading "Spokane County Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Prohibit Questions about Criminal History of Applicants"
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 …Continue reading "Woman Who Used Resume Fraud to Work in Hospital Shows Importance of Education and Employment Verifications"
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 …Continue reading "ICE May Quadruple Worksite Enforcement Actions Next Year to Better Enforce Immigration Laws"
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 …Continue reading "FTC and ED to Host Workshop to Explore Privacy Issues Related to Education Technology"
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 …Continue reading "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, 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.Continue reading "Judge Dismisses FCRA Lawsuit Against Home Depot Citing Supreme Court Decision in Spokeo Case"