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 …Continue reading "Uber to Pay $10 Million to Settle Lawsuits with SF and LA Over Driver Background Checks"
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 …Continue reading "Employment Screening Resources Commentary on Alleged Shootings by Uber Driver Published on CNN"
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 …Continue reading "Uber and Lyft Face FCRA Class Action Lawsuits"
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.Continue reading "California Rules Uber Driver is Employee Not Contractor"
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 …Continue reading "Uber Back in Kansas after Background Check Bill Signed"
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 …Continue reading "Uber Not in Kansas Anymore Due to Background Check Bill"
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 …Continue reading "Background Checks Should Not Be One Size Fits All"
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 …Continue reading "Background Checks in Sharing Economy Will Not Be Limited to Traditional Employer-Employee Situations in 2015"
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 …Continue reading "Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over 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 …Continue reading "Background Checks of Ride Sharing Service Drivers Questioned"