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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EEOC Once Again Issues Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 11, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) once again updated its COVID-19 technical assistance publication to address questions about the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a press release from the EEOC. The publication titled …

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FMCSA Extends Pre-Employment Drug Testing Waiver Due to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 8, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – an administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – declared that the continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic warranted the extension and modification of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 to continue the pre-employment drug testing exemption set …

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HEROES Act Would Amend Changes CARES Act Made to FCRA for Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A bill titled the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act)” awaiting consideration in the U.S. Senate would amend changes the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)” made to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) …

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Coronavirus Delaying Some Background Checks in San Francisco Bay Area

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Some people who found work at a time of record-setting job losses have had trouble starting their new jobs because the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic “has caused background checks to be delayed at some local courts, including San Francisco’s,” according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle. …

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OSHA Testifies about Protecting Workers During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 28, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy – testified before the House Education and Labor Committee’s Workforce Protections Subcommittee about the agency’s role during …

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