Lyft Announces Adoption of Continuous Background Checks for Drivers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 15, 2019, Lyft Inc. – a popular transportation network company (TNC) serving more than 600 U.S. cities – announced in a post on the Lyft blog two new features to enhance the safety and security of the TNC’s platform: continuous background checks and enhanced identity verification of …

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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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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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Cautionary Tale Shows Consequences of Not Performing Background Checks on Temporary Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Do you think temporary workers – or “temps” – do not need to undergo background checks because they will not be with a company long enough to cause a problem? Think again. A cautionary tale from the second installment of the new CNBC Make It series HR …

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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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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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North Carolina Law Reducing Wait Time for Criminal Record Expungement Took Effect December 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 1, 2017, North Carolina Senate Bill 445 (SB 445) took effect to reduce the wait time for criminal record expungement for first-time non-violent offenders where the legal record of an individual’s arrest or criminal conviction is sealed and essentially erased in the eyes of the law.

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California Governor Brown Signs SB 312 Authorizing Courts to Seal Juvenile Records for Certain Offenses

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of criminal justice reform legislation that included Senate Bill 312 (SB 312) which is supposed to improve the state’s juvenile justice systems by authorizing courts to seal juvenile records for certain offenses.

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Uber Sued by Woman Who Claims She was Assaulted by Uber Driver with Criminal Past

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A female student enrolled in a post-graduate program at a university in Kansas City, Missouri referred to as “Jane Doe” is suing Uber Technologies, Inc. and an Uber driver previously convicted of felony attempted first-degree murder that she claims sexually assaulted her, according to court documents.

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