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Background Checks in California

BLR Webinar

November 14, 2012


Title: Background Checks in California: Know the Rules of the Road Before Getting on the Freeway

Presenter: Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific

Description: Live webinar 


In April 2012, the EEOC issued guidance on using arrest and conviction records in hiring. The guidance came months after Pepsi agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle claims after unlawfully using criminal background checks to discriminate against black job applicants.

The EEOC also filed a complaint against Freeman Companies, a Dallas-based corporate event-planning company, claiming that the employer’s use of credit histories and criminal background checks discriminated against black, Hispanic, and male job applicants.

And in California, two critical screening laws were recently added -- Senate Bill 909 and Assembly Bill 22 -- that change how employers in the Golden State are allowed to conduct background checks.

So where do these lawsuits leave you as a California employer? Should you conduct background checks?

Background checks can be a great resource. They’re an opportunity for you learn more about potential employees and to investigate whether applicants have lied, stolen, or otherwise engaged in unacceptable behavior that may affect your hiring decisions.

There are many tools that allow you to conduct thorough background checks on your job applicants, but it’s crucial to understand the legal parameters so you don’t find yourself at risk for costly discrimination and failure-to-hire bias claims.  Participate in this interactive webinar, and you’ll learn how to conduct smart background checks to help ensure good, safe hires.

In addition, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of background checks and the law, particularly as they affect California employers
  • When you should be using background checks -- and when you should not
  • What you’re legally allowed to do with the information you find
  • A strong understanding of California Acronym Soup, including ICRA, FEHA, and ICR
  • What checkboxes mean to you in California, and why ignoring them can land you in hot water
  • A primer on the special California rules on Consent and Disclosure
  • Everything you wanted to know about California background check paperwork but were afraid to ask
  • How the math is really done when it comes to those seven-year limits on criminal records
  • What being a “No Arrest” state means, and what that means to pending cases and employers
  • How to properly do “due diligence” while confidently steering clear of any legal dangers, so that you’re better able to guide your company to successful, happy hires

In just 90 minutes, you'll understand the legal dos and don'ts for conducting background checks on employees and job applicants in California. Register now for this informative event for HR professionals.

Speaker Bio:
Attorney Lester S. Rosen is Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide to background checks. He is a nationally recognized safe hiring expert who was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of  Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and served as the first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences for “ESR Speaks”.


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