DOL Announces Final Rule for Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to a DOL news release. The rule will take effect on March 8, 2021, 60 days …

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FBI Conducted Record High 39.7 Million Firearm Background Checks in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a record high 39.7 million firearm background checks for gun purchases in 2020, according to statistics from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that checks for the criminal records of people who may be disqualified from receiving firearms. …

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FTC Launches New Consumer Fraud Reporting Website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 22, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – which works to protect and educate consumers – announced it had launched a new website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov where consumers may easily report fraud and all other consumer issues directly to the FTC, according to a press release …

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Man Who Sold Gun Used in Shooting Without Background Check Pleads Guilty

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A man who sold a rifle without a background check that was later used to kill seven people and injure 25 more – including three police officers – during a 2019 mass shooting in Midland and Odessa, Texas, has pleaded guilty to a gun crime, according to …

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CFPB Urged to Stop Allowing Credit Reporting Industry to Violate FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 24, 2020, a letter sent by a coalition of 21 consumer, faith, and advocacy groups to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urged the CFPB to revoke the permission they granted the credit reporting industry to violate the 30-day deadline imposed by the Fair Credit …

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FBI Observes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused many aspects of American life to move online in 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and partner agencies are reminding the public to do their part and #BeCyberSmart during the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) that is observed each …

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Swears In Commissioner

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 30, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a federal government agency that advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting emp­loyment discrimination – announced that Keith E. Sonderling was sworn in as a Commissioner of the EEOC. “I am humbled …

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DOL Proposes Rule to Determine Employees and Independent Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule addressing how to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor and is encouraging public comment from interested parties, according to a DOL …

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FTC Releases Agenda for Virtual Data Portability Workshop on September 22

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the agenda for the virtual “FTC Workshop on Data Portability” that will take place on September 22, 2020, to examine the potential benefits and challenges to consumers and competition raised by data portability, according to a press …

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Congress Members Ask USPS About Background Check of Postmaster General

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 20, 2020, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (Illinois-08) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (California-45) sent a letter to John M. Barger of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors requesting information about what they called the “highly irregular” selection of Louis DeJoy for the position of …

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