Small Business Owners Struggle to Find Workers in COVID-19 Recovery

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2021, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported in its monthly jobs survey that 42 percent of small business owners reported job openings that could not be filled – a record high reading – as they continue to have difficulty finding qualified workers to …

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OSHA Launches Program to Protect High-Risk Workers from Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – launched a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus enforcement efforts on companies that put …

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FTC Warns of COVID-19 Scams Related to American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “is watching closely and will aggressively go after fraudsters who try to exploit the relief effort” for Americans hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, according to a statement from FTC Chairwoman …

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CFPB Complaints Shattered Records During COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 1, 2021, the United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released a study – “Consumers In Peril” – that reviewed the public complaint database of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and found consumer complaints about financial grievances spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic year …

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OSHA Issues Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing COVID-19 in Workplace

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 29, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued revised guidance titled “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” to help employers and workers in most workplace settings outside of healthcare identify risks of being exposed to …

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President Biden Issues Executive Order on Workplace Safety and COVID-19

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) On January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an “Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety” to ensure the health and safety of workers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has caused the death of more than 440,000 people in America since the start of 2020. “The Federal …

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Employers Will Continue to Adjust Background Check Processes in Recovery from Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Employers in the United States will continue to adjust their background check processes with workforces in the recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has infected 100 million people worldwide and killed more than 400,000 people in America since the start of 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten …

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Most HR Leaders Will Allow Remote Workers After COVID-19 Vaccine Available

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Nine out of ten Human Resources leaders will allow employees to work remotely after a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is widely adopted, according to a December 2020 survey by global research and advisory firm Gartner. Sixty-five percent of organizations reported they would continue to offer employees flexibility on …

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DHS Extends Flexible Form I-9 Rules Due to Coronavirus Until January 31, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend the flexibility in complying with rules for Form I-9 compliance due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – set to expire on December 31, 2020 – until January 31, 2021, …

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OSHA Proposes Penalties Totaling $1.6 Million for Coronavirus Violations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 23, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it had cited 112 establishments for violations relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that resulted in proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544 since the start of the pandemic through October 15, 2020, according to a news release from …

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