“Gig Economy” Businesses Will Continue to Try to Build Consumer Trust Through Their Background Screening Programs

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) “Gig economy” businesses that use online applications or “apps” to facilitate on-demand services for consumers that are provided by relative strangers in an extended workforce will continue to try to build trust with consumers through their background screening programs, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for …

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Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips on Avoiding Holiday Season Job Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Since retailers and shippers traditionally hire seasonal workers to fulfill the demands of holiday shoppers whether they are online or in person, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering job seekers some tips to make the seasonal job hunt more successful while “watching out for a job …

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Attorney Lester Rosen Discusses Gig Economy Background Checks in Podcast

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), participated in a podcast titled “Background Checks and Beyond” hosted by Elle Tucker of the Marketplace Risk Platform Podcast to talk about screening for the “gig economy.” …

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Gig Economy Businesses Will Take Background Checks of On Demand Workers More Seriously in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Gig economy” businesses that provide transportation, housing, repairs, delivery, and many other services on demand through software applications (“apps”) will take background checks of workers more seriously with ongoing monitoring and continuous screening in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 compiled …

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Florida Bill Would Require Background Checks for Home Delivery Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 7, 2020, Representative Mike Caruso (R-89th District) filed the “Evy Udell Public Safety Act” (House Bill 1129) in the Florida House of Representatives that would require all home delivery workers to undergo background checks. The bill is named for a woman who police say was …

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Airbnb Bans Party Houses and Expands Screening after Shooting at Rental

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 2, 2019, Brian Chesky, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Head of Community of Airbnb – an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging – announced in several tweets on Twitter that Airbnb would ban “party houses” and expand screening in response to a shooting …

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DoorDash Faces Negligent Hiring Lawsuit After Driver Allegedly Stabs Restaurant Owner

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A restaurant owner in Las Vegas, Nevada, has filed a negligent hiring lawsuit against DoorDash claiming that he was allegedly stabbed by a driver working for the on-demand food delivery service who was “a felon with a history of violence and mental illness,” according to a report …

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Background Checks of Deliverymen Examined after Brutal Murder of Woman in Home during Delivery

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Background checks of deliverymen are being examined more closely following the brutal murder of an elderly woman in Boca Raton, Florida, in her own home during the delivery of her new washer and dryer, an attack that has “called into question the trustworthiness of deliverymen and workers …

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Arrest of Food Delivery Driver for Theft Shows Need for Background Checks of Gig Economy Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A driver for online and mobile food ordering and delivery service provider Grubhub was arrested and accused of theft after being caught on a video camera stealing a tip jar from a restaurant in Michigan, according to a report from FOX 2 News Detroit. One background check …

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Background Check Expert Explains Why Consumers Cannot Trust the “Trust Economy”

Written By ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn The basic problem for the “trust economy” – also called the “sharing” or “gig” economy – where applications or “apps” are used to facilitate on-demand services such as Uber, which allows car owners to share their vehicle and time with others, is “trust,” according to background check expert …

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