Human Resources Advised to Stay Informed about Federal and State Laws Regulating Employment Screening

In an effort to keep Human Resources (HR) leaders and professionals informed about the latest legislative, compliance, and regulatory issues affecting how they conduct day-to-day business in their workplaces – including employment screening and safe hiring – the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will hold the 2011 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference from Monday, March 14, 2011 to Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Hyatt Washington in Washington D.C.. For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.shrm.org/Conferences/EmploymentLawLegislativeConference/Pages/default.aspx.

One of the speakers at the SHRM 2011 Employment Law and Legislative Conference will be author and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a San Francisco, California-area background check firm accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Rosen will present a session titled ‘Extreme Caution Advised:  Dealing with Federal and State Laws Regulating Pre-employment Screening and Safe Hiring’ on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM Noon.

“To avoid bad hiring decisions, employers have increasingly turned to pre-employment background screening as a risk management tool,” explains Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists, and Imposters Out of Your Workplace,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “No screening program can be conducted without a full understanding of a number of laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, discrimination and privacy laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a host of state specific rules.”

Participants in ‘Extreme Caution Advised:  Dealing with Federal and State Laws Regulating Pre-employment Screening and Safe Hiring’ will be updated on federal and state laws that control the process of pre-employment screening and background checks on prospective employees and learn how to audit their own practices to ensure that they are in compliance. The session will review the application of federal and state laws to both pre-employment screening and the investigation of current employees. Learning points of the session will include: 

  • Understanding how Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considerations impact screening tools such as credit reports, criminal records, and social network sites.
  • Learning how the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA) and similar state laws impact hiring.
  • Auditing current practices for legal compliance.

Rosen, an Attorney at Law, is a frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues and was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the background screening industry, and also served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

The 2011 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference provides a forum for Human Resources to learn, discuss, network, and connect with the top workplace law minds in the country. Session presenters will cover topics including: Proactive Advocacy; Department of Labor Initiatives; Social Media; Health Care Reform; Immigration Laws; and Compliance.

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco, CA area with a mission to help both employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen and is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), please visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at tahearn@ESRcheck.com.

Source: http://www.shrm.org/Conferences/EmploymentLawLegislativeConference/Pages/default.aspx