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

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.

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

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.

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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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Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks

  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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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California Rules Uber Driver is Employee Not Contractor

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has ruled that a driver who worked for ride-sharing application technology provider Uber should be classified as an employee and not an independent contractor, according to a story by The New York Times.

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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 …

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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 …

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