FTC Warns Job Seekers Looking for Employment to Be Aware of Job Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a United States government agency that protects and educates consumers – is warning job seekers looking for employment to be aware of job scams, according to a blog entitled “Looking for a new job? Watch out for scams” written by FTC …

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USCIS to Commemorate Veterans Day with Special Naturalization Ceremonies

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 11, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will honor Veterans Day – which is observed each year in the U.S. on November 11 – by holding more than 90 ceremonies naturalizing more than 4,440 current and former members of the military and their …

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DOJ Announces Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Over Firearm Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 28, 2021, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) reached an agreement to settle civil cases arising from a 2015 mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, involving a firearm background check that allowed the shooter to purchase the gun used in the …

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DHS Orders ICE to Cease Mass Worksite Enforcement Operations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum titled “Worksite Enforcement: The Strategy to Protect the American Labor Market, the Conditions of the American Worksite, and the Dignity of the Individual” that, among other things, ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs …

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Judge Faults U.S. Air Force for Failing to Use FBI Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge has found the United States Air Force mostly responsible for a 2017 mass shooting that killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, because it failed to report the criminal history of the shooter to a background check system operated by the Federal …

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CFPB Reminds CRAs to Report Accurate Rental and Eviction Information

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 1, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – which empowers consumers to take more control over their economic lives – released “Enforcement Compliance Bulletin 2021-03: Consumer Reporting of Rental Information” to remind landlords and consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) of their critical obligations to accurately …

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FBI Data Shows Background Checks Stopped 300,000 Illegal Gun Sales in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that more than 300,000 illegal firearm sales were blocked by background checks in 2020, the highest number of annual denials ever and almost double the nearly 169,000 denials reported by the FBI in 2019, according to a press release …

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FTC to Hold Virtual Workshop Exploring Digital “Dark Patterns” on April 29, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 29, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a virtual workshop titled “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop” to examine digital “dark patterns,” a term used to describe a range of potentially manipulative user interface designs used on websites and mobile apps, …

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California Caregiver Background Check System Causing Delays in Hiring

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) caregiver background check system Guardian was created “to help home and community care providers, foster care families, and even nannies and babysitters who apply for clearance” but some “couldn’t hire workers while grappling with a glitchy state system designed to …

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Head of Capitol Security Review Wants Background Checks on Capitol Workers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2021, Retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, the leader of a task force reviewing security failures during the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, “said he continues to support recommendations for conducting background checks on everyone working at the Capitol” …

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