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 …

Continue reading "White House Extends Coronavirus Social Distancing Guidelines to April 30"

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 …

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

DHS Announces Flexibility in Form I-9 Compliance Due to Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 20, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – a cabinet department of the United States federal government with responsibilities in public security – announced that it will exercise discretion to defer the physical presence requirements for the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification due to …

Continue reading "DHS Announces Flexibility in Form I-9 Compliance Due to Coronavirus"

EEOC and FTC Announce Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – a federal agency enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws – and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a federal agency working to protect and educate consumers – have announced responses to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The EEOC is implementing agency-wide …

Continue reading "EEOC and FTC Announce Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)"

FBI Not Accepting Electronic FOIA Requests Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – the principal federal law enforcement agency of the United States – has announced that the Bureau is not accepting electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (FOIPA) requests though the FBI’s eFOIPA portal due to the emerging situation …

Continue reading "FBI Not Accepting Electronic FOIA Requests Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)"

OSHA Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” – which was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) – to help companies respond in the event …

Continue reading "OSHA Offers Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus (COVID-19)"

CDC Provides Guidance for Businesses and Employers about Coronavirus

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – a federal agency that is the leading national public health institute of the United States – is providing interim guidance for businesses and employers on how to plan, prepare, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The …

Continue reading "CDC Provides Guidance for Businesses and Employers about Coronavirus"

U.S. Government Agencies Will Take Closer Look at Background Screening Industry in 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn United States government agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will take a closer look at the background screening industry in 2020, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 …

Continue reading "U.S. Government Agencies Will Take Closer Look at Background Screening Industry in 2020"

FTC & CFPB Extend Deadline for Comments on Accuracy in Consumer Reporting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) extended the deadline to submit comments on an Accuracy in Consumer Reporting Workshop co-hosted by the two U.S. government agencies until January 31, 2020, according to a press release from the …

Continue reading "FTC & CFPB Extend Deadline for Comments on Accuracy in Consumer Reporting"

CFPB Releases Special Edition of Supervisory Highlights on Consumer Reporting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In December 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – which helps businesses comply with Federal consumer financial law – released its Second Special Edition of Supervisory Highlights on Consumer Reporting that examined the areas of consumer reporting and furnishing of information to “consumer reporting companies (CRCs)” …

Continue reading "CFPB Releases Special Edition of Supervisory Highlights on Consumer Reporting"