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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CFPB Rescinds Policy Statement for Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 11, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – a government agency that empowers consumers to take more control over their economic lives – announced it was rescinding its January 24, 2020, “Statement of Policy Regarding Prohibition on Abusive Acts or Practices” to better protect …

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Department of Defense Examines Implementation of Social Media Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) – America’s largest government agency – “is examining a scalable means of implementing social media screening in conjunction with background investigations” in an effort to prevent extremist behavior in military ranks, according to a training document from the Office of the …

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DOL Announces Final Rule for Independent Contractor Status Under FLSA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to a DOL news release. The rule will take effect on March 8, 2021, 60 days …

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FBI Conducted Record High 39.7 Million Firearm Background Checks in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a record high 39.7 million firearm background checks for gun purchases in 2020, according to statistics from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that checks for the criminal records of people who may be disqualified from receiving firearms. …

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