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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Report Finds U.S. Federal Government Background Check Inventory Stabilized

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States federal government background check inventory returned to a stable state of approximately 200,000 background checks in February 2020, down from an estimated backlog of 725,000 cases at its peak in April 2018, according to a report on the “Security Clearance, Suitability/Fitness, and Credentialing Reform …

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FTC Virtual Workshop Seeks Input on Changes to Safeguards Rule of GLB Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – will host “An FTC Workshop on GLB Standards” that seeks input on proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act which requires financial …

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Supreme Court Rules CFPB Director Removal Restrictions Violate Constitution

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion by a 5-4 vote in the case of Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that held the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by a single Director removable …

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OSHA Testifies about Protecting Workers During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 28, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – testified before the House Education and Labor Committee’s Workforce Protections Subcommittee about the agency’s role during …

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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 from Closure Due to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – which oversees lawful immigration to the United States and temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) on March 18, 2020, to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – …

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FMCSA Celebrates Ten Years of Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn During May 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – an administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – is celebrating a decade of the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) that has helped motor carriers hire drivers for 10 years, according to a news release from …

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White House Issues Guidelines for Opening Up America Again from Coronavirus Pandemic for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’ from the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that included a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. The guidelines – which will help state and local officials reopen economies, get …

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