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

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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

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

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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

Rhode Island Law Requires Transportation Network Companies Outsourcing Screening of Drivers to Use NAPBS Accredited Firms

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A new law in Rhode Island taking effect in October of 2016 – S 2864 as Amended – requires Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who use third party Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) for the background screening of potential drivers to only use CRAs accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Continue reading

New California Law Requires Stricter Background Checks on Transportation Network Company Drivers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will take effect January 1, 2017 – Assembly Bill (AB 1289) – and require Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft to conduct stricter background checks on their drivers or else face a fine up to $5,000 for each violation of the law. Continue reading

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

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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

FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website. Continue reading

Uber to Pay $7.5 Million to Settle Lawsuit Over Driver Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed the online transportation network company terminated drivers after obtaining driver background checks about them without their authorization, according to a Reuters report from Reuters. Continue reading

Judge Rules Women Can Sue Uber Over Alleged Sexual Assaults

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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

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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