Tag Archives: Uber

Background Checks Should Not Be One Size Fits All

News about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Background checks of drivers using ride-sharing technology from Uber that came under scrutiny after the alleged rape of a woman in Boston by an Uber driver should not be “one size fits all,” according to a background check expert quoted in the article ‘Who’s really taking you for an Uber ride?’ by CNET at http://www.cnet.com/news/whos-really-taking-you-for-an-uber-ride/. Continue reading

Background Checks in Sharing Economy Will Not Be Limited to Traditional Employer-Employee Situations in 2015

Background Check Trends

Written By Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Background checks will continue to be a focus of concern in the “sharing economy” built around the sharing of human and physical resources in such industries as transportation, short-term housing rentals or temporary job assignments in 2015.  These types of background checks fall outside the traditional employer-employee situations but are nevertheless critical as users of these services are concerned with the integrity of the service providers or renter.  However, the standards for what constitutes a background check remain elusive since there is no one definition or generally accepted standard.  This trend is number 6 on the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) 8th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2015.’ For a list of background check trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Background Checks

Class Action Lawsuit Blogs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit that claims a technology company that provides a request tool to facilitate transportation allegedly performed illegal background checks that violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state credit reporting laws was recently filed in a Northern California federal court, according to a story on the TopClassActions.com website. Continue reading

Background Checks of Ride Sharing Service Drivers Questioned

ESR News Blogs about Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The arrest of a ride sharing service driver in San Francisco who allegedly attacked a passenger with a hammer and seriously injured him calls into question the background checks of drivers for ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, according to a report by KPIX 5 CBS San Francisco, California. Continue reading

Uber Driver with Criminal Past Allegedly Hit Passenger

Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR News Blogs - Criminal RecordsA driver with car service company Uber who passed a background check even though he had a criminal record is accused of physically assaulting his passenger and faces criminal charges, according to an article on Forbes.com available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/. Continue reading

Ride-Sharing Firm Expands Criminal Background Checks after Gaps Found

Written By Thomas Ahearn

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has revealed that one of the largest ride-sharing providers in the country missed the felony conviction of one of its drivers, a discovery that has led to the expansion of the company’s background check process. The full report is available at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-rideshare-background-checks-met-20140214,0,3099755.story. Continue reading