Judge Rules Grubhub Delivery Driver is Contractor Not Employee in Important Case for Gig Economy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 2, 2018, a California federal judge ruled a former delivery driver for online food-ordering service Grubhub was an independent contractor and not an employee entitled to employment benefits in an important case for the emerging “gig economy,” according to a Courthouse News Service report.

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Millennials Expanding in Workforce Will Make Background Checks More Applicant Friendly in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Millennials” – people aged 20 to 35 in 2016 – are expected to overtake “Baby Boomers” aged 52 to 70 in population in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center. The fact that technically savvy Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. workforce …

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Background Checks of Growing Extended Workforce Will Be More in Demand by Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The 2015 Contingent Work Supplement (CWS) survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated the “extended workforce” – workers with non-traditional employer-employee relationships – could be “more than a third of the total employed labor force.” The need for employers to properly screen the expanding extended workforce …

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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 …

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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.

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

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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