New California Background Check Laws for 2012 Examined at LA HR Star Conference on February 29

To help Human Resources professionals comply with new background check laws in California, Jared Callahan, the Director of Business Development for background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. To register for the LA HR Star conference, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/.

Since employers in California, and employers doing business in California, need to be aware of two new laws – California Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) and California Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) – that took effect on January 1, 2012, Callahan’s session will examine how the laws will change the way employment screening background checks are conducted in the state:

  • California Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) relates the use of credit report checks of job applicants and current employees for employment purposes. AB 22 prohibits most employers and prospective employers in the state – with the exception of certain financial institutions – from obtaining consumer credit reports for employment purposes. In addition, AB 22 also requires the written notice informing the person for whom a consumer credit report is sought for employment purposes to also inform that person of the specific reason for obtaining the credit report. To view AB 22, visit http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.pdf.
  • California Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) relates to the “offshoring” of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers who are the subjects of background checks. SB 909 addresses the issue of personal information of consumers collected during background checks for employment purposes being sent “offshore” and outside the United States or its territories beyond the protection of U.S. privacy laws. SB 909 amends the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRA) that regulates background checks in California and requires a new disclosure be made to consumers as to whether their PII will be sent outside the country. To view SB 909, visit: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0901-0950/sb_909_bill_20100929_chaptered.pdf.

Callahan’s presentation at the LA HR Star Conference, “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks,” will be available in PDF format after the conference at the following URL on Thursday, March 1: http://www.ESRcheck.com/LAHRStar. Visitors will also be able to download ESR’s complimentary white paper ‘Managing the Risks of Using the Internet for Employment Screening Background Checks’ and information on ESR’s new Assured Compliance system that provides automated paperless legal compliance.

For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’ and nationwide background screening company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call ESR at 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474.

Sources:
http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/.
http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/How-to-Comply-with-Californias-Two-New-Laws-Regarding-Background-Checks-116/.
http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.pdf.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0901-0950/sb_909_bill_20100929_chaptered.pdf.

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM – provides accurate and actionable information, empowering employers to make informed safe hiring decisions for the benefit for our clients, their employees, and the public. ESR literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by less than two percent of all screening firms. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474.

About ESR News:
The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at tahearn@esrcheck.com.