Poll Finds Nearly Half of Jobs Lost to Coronavirus Layoffs May Be Gone Forever

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nearly half of American families – 47 percent – experiencing layoffs during the Coronavirus pandemic believe those jobs may be gone forever when asked in July 2020, an increase from the 20 percent of those families who felt the same way in April 2020, an Associated Press-NORC …

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Expungement Backlog Made Worse by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A New Jersey man granted an expungement of his criminal record in May 2019 is still waiting for that record to be cleared due to delays caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “His slate should have been wiped clean by now, but it’s July 2020 and anyone …

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FMCSA Relaxing Random Drug Testing Requirements Due to COVID-19

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 6, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a “Notice of Enforcement Discretion Determination” that stated the FMCSA “may exercise discretion to determine not to enforce the minimum annual percentage random testing rates for drugs and alcohol” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The …

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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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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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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Offers Guidance on Background Checks During COVID-19 Crisis

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With certain background checks limited by court, business, and school closures during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some organizations are making job offers to candidates that come with an “honesty clause” that allows employers to terminate employees “if misinformation or omissions are found when standard screening protocols are …

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CFPB Issues Consumer Reporting FAQs for CARES Act and COVID-19 Pandemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 16, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – which helps businesses comply with federal consumer financial law – issued Consumer Reporting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)” and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On April …

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ICE Announces Another Extension of Flexible Form I-9 Rules Due to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – announced another extension of flexible rules for Form I-9 compliance that were granted earlier in 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to …

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FTC Releases Data about COVID-19 Related Complaints from Consumers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 11, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made more state-level information available to the public about the complaints the FTC receives from consumers that are related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), with reports about online shopping problems topping the list of complaints in most states, according to …

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