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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

Uber and Lyft Face FCRA Class Action Lawsuits


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two class action lawsuits filed against Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. claim the ride sharing technology companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA), and the Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (CCRAA) by allegedly not providing clear background check disclosures to job applicants, according to a report on TopClassActions.com. Continue reading

Uber Back in Kansas after Background Check Bill Signed


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride sharing technology provider Uber has returned services to Kansas after Governor Sam Brownback signed a new law – Kansas Senate Bill 101 (SB 101) – that will allow Uber to continue to perform background checks on its own drivers instead of with screenings done by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, according to a report by the Kansas City Star. Continue reading

Uber Not in Kansas Anymore Due to Background Check Bill


Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Ride-sharing technology service provider Uber shut down operations in Kansas after the state legislature overrode Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill – SB 117, The Creation of Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act – that would require stricter background checks on drivers and increase the insurance needed for all vehicles, the Wichita Eagle reports. Continue reading

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