OSHA Publishes FAQs to Help Protect Workers from Exposure to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 2, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – published frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers to help protect workers from exposure to the Coronavirus …

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What Do Corporate Counsels Need to Know about Background Checks?

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has written an article titled “15 Things Corporate Counsels Need to Know about Background Checks” since corporate counsels may encounter the topic of background checks in three general situations. First, counsel may …

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FTC Settles Case of Misleading Consumers about Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – announced that the FTC settled allegations that an operator of secure data centers misled consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework that allows participants …

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Appeals Court Examines Willfulness Standard of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 19, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated a jury’s finding that a major nationwide credit reporting agency (CRA) willfully violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates background checks in the United States by failing to investigate …

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Supreme Court Rules CFPB Director Removal Restrictions Violate Constitution

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion by a 5-4 vote in the case of Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that held the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by a single Director removable …

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June 2020 Jobs Report Shows 4.8 Million Jobs Added in Recovery from COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States economy added 4.8 million jobs while the unemployment rate declined to 11.1 percent in June 2020, improvements reflecting the continued resumption of economic activity curtailed in March and April due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of …

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Enforcement of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Begins July 1, 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert reminding consumers of their data privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which provides consumers with access to and control over their personal information. The Attorney General will begin enforcement of the CCPA …

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FBI Warns Public of Potential Fraud Schemes in Antibody Testing for COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned the public about potential fraud schemes related to antibody tests for COVID-19 since scammers “are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results,” according to a press release from the FBI. “In addition, …

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USCIS Releases Form I-9 Examples Related to Temporary COVID-19 Policies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – has released examples showing employers how to notate the Form I-9 when remotely inspecting employment authorization and identity documents due to …

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Virginia “Ban the Box” Law for Simple Marijuana Possession Takes Effect July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed “Ban the Box” legislation into law – House Bill 972/Senate Bill 2 – to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for simple marijuana possession. The law will take effect on …

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