Report Finds U.S. Federal Government Background Check Inventory Stabilized

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The United States federal government background check inventory returned to a stable state of approximately 200,000 background checks in February 2020, down from an estimated backlog of 725,000 cases at its peak in April 2018, according to a report on the “Security Clearance, Suitability/Fitness, and Credentialing Reform …

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FTC Virtual Workshop Seeks Input on Changes to Safeguards Rule of GLB Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – will host “An FTC Workshop on GLB Standards” that seeks input on proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act which requires financial …

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Supreme Court Rules CFPB Director Removal Restrictions Violate Constitution

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued an opinion by a 5-4 vote in the case of Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that held the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by a single Director removable …

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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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USCIS Offices Preparing to Reopen on June 4 from Closure Due to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – which oversees lawful immigration to the United States and temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) on March 18, 2020, to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – …

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FMCSA Celebrates Ten Years of Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn During May 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – an administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – is celebrating a decade of the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) that has helped motor carriers hire drivers for 10 years, according to a news release from …

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White House Issues Guidelines for Opening Up America Again from Coronavirus Pandemic for Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’ from the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that included a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. The guidelines – which will help state and local officials reopen economies, get …

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EEOC Updates Pandemic Guidance to Address Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a federal agency that enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws – has updated its “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act” guidance that was created during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic to clarify exactly how the …

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White House Extends Coronavirus Social Distancing Guidelines to April 30

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 29, 2020, United States President Donald Trump extended the White House’s nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days, until April 30, in response to the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a briefing statement made by the President in the Rose Garden. The 15-day …

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USCIS Offices Temporarily Closed to Public Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – a government agency that oversees lawful immigration – temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will reopen on April 7, 2020, unless the public closures are …

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