Tag Archives: gig economy

New Jersey Law Will Require Uber and Lyft Drivers to Undergo Driving and Criminal Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law new legislation – the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act” (A3695) – that will license and regulate transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft and require them to meet insurance coverage standards and conduct driving and criminal background checks on drivers. The law takes effect on May 1, 2017. Continue reading

HR Professionals Must Adapt to Emerging Background Check Trends when Hiring


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Human resource (HR) professionals conducting employment screening when hiring must adapt to several emerging background check trends including “Ban the Box” laws and the “gig” workforce in 2017, according to an article on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. Continue reading

New Gig Economy Will Force Employers to Strengthen Screening of Growing On Demand Workforce

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The fast growing “gig economy” that focuses on temporary work – or “gigs” – accounted for 30 percent of new jobs and created new income sources for 2.1 million people in the United States between 2010 and 2014, according to a 2015 American Action Forum Report. The fact that employers will need to strengthen screening for the growing on-demand workforce in America is Trend Number 4 in the Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017. Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts to Undergo Most Comprehensive State Background Checks in Nation


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts – Uber and Lyft – have entered into voluntary agreements to ensure the immediate implementation of the most stringent background checks for TNC drivers of any state in the nation, according to a press release from the office of Governor Charlie Baker. Continue reading

Updated EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan Concerned with Gig Economy and Big Data in Background Screening


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021 that reaffirms the EEOC’s commitment to advancing equal opportunity in America’s workplaces while also recognizing new areas of potential concern such as complex employment relationships in the emerging “gig economy” and the use of “big data” for background screening. Continue reading

Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

Judge Rules Women Can Sue Uber Over Alleged Sexual Assaults


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A San Francisco federal judge has ruled that two women may continue their lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for two alleged sexual assaults committed by Uber drivers even though the transportation network company claims they are not liable for the actions of drivers since they are independent contractors and not employees, according to a report on SiliconBeat.com. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing application provider Uber has agreed pay at least $10 million to settle lawsuits filed by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles that claim the company misled passengers about the quality of driver background checks, a figure that could rise to $25 million if Uber does not fully comply with terms of the settlements, according to a report from KGO-TV ABC 7 News in San Francisco, CA. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources Commentary on Alleged Shootings by Uber Driver Published on CNN


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The shooting deaths of six people in Kalamazoo, Michigan – where the alleged gunman supposedly picked up fares while working as an Uber driver during the killing spree – raises questions about personal safety in the “gig economy” where strangers use software applications to provide a host of services for others, according to Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) president and chief compliance officer Brad Landin in his opinion piece ‘Vetting drivers in the age of Uber’ on CNN.com. Continue reading

Employers and Human Resources Will Be Bombarded with Meaningless Marketing Buzz around Supposed Disruptive Technology in 2016

 ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals will be bombarded with meaningless marketing buzz offering new HR technology that promises to disrupt stodgy old industries and radically change outdated business models in 2016. However, these new techniques may largely be without substance. This is the number 4 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading