Arrest of Food Delivery Driver for Theft Shows Need for Background Checks of Gig Economy Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A driver for online and mobile food ordering and delivery service provider Grubhub was arrested and accused of theft after being caught on a video camera stealing a tip jar from a restaurant in Michigan, according to a report from FOX 2 News Detroit. One background check …

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Background Check Expert Explains Why Consumers Cannot Trust the “Trust Economy”

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn The basic problem for the “trust economy” – also called the “sharing” or “gig” economy – where applications or “apps” are used to facilitate on-demand services such as Uber, which allows car owners to share their vehicle and time with others, is “trust,” according to background check expert …

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Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Releases Report on Uber Driver Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 28, 2019, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) released its first-ever report of Uber’s driver background check process in Pennsylvania – along with Uber’s implementation plan in the state – and directed Uber Technologies, Inc. to proceed with recommendations to further strengthen Uber’s background check …

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Customers Claim Home Service Provider Recommended Unlicensed Contractor with Criminal Past

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn HomeAdvisor – a home service provider that connects customers with prescreened home service professionals – “has yet to fully explain how it recommended an unlicensed contractor with a lengthy criminal past,” according to a report by KOAA-TV News 5 Investigates in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Uber Driver Background Checks Under Scrutiny After Driver Arrested by Police in Middle of Ride

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Uber driver background checks are under scrutiny after a “terrifying ride” experienced by a North Carolina woman in December 2018 where her Uber driver was arrested mid-ride by Police and charged with impersonating an officer, according to a report from WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

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Cheap and Instant Background Checks of Gig Economy Workers Lead to Due Diligence Concerns in 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Reports about “gig economy” employers using cheap and instant background checks will lead those employers to examine the value of these background checks due to the examples of theft and violence experienced in 2019. This trend has been chosen by global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® …

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Home Service Provider Allegedly Recommended Contractor with Criminal Record Who Botched Job

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A North Carolina couple claims that HomeAdvisor – a home service provider claiming to have “one of the industry’s most comprehensive screening processes”– recommended a contractor with a criminal record who left their home renovation project a “disaster,” according to WCNC-TV in Charlotte, NC.

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San Francisco District Attorney Sues Home Services Website Over Alleged False Advertising of Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The San Francisco district attorney has sued Angie’s List – a website providing ratings and reviews for home service providers – over alleged false advertising of the background checks performed on these providers, according to a news report from KPIX CBS Channel 5 in San Francisco, California.

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Determining if Workers are Employees or Independent Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court to clarify the standard for determining if workers in the state should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for wage orders adopted by California’s …

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San Francisco District Attorney Files Complaint Over Allegedly False Advertising about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The San Francisco District Attorney has filed a civil complaint against HomeAdvisor, Inc. and its parent company ANGI Homeservices, Inc., for allegedly broadcasting radio and television ads with false and misleading information about the background checks that HomeAdvisor performs on service providers sent to the homes of …

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