International Background Checks and New EEOC Guidance Explained in Webinars on June 13 and June 14

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host an hour long webinar titled ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ with Avant Resources on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern). For more information about the webinar, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/International-Background-Checks-Global-due-Diligence-and-Legal-Compliance-136/. Rosen will also present a webinar on Thursday, June 14, 2012 titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern). Seats to the complimentary webinar may be reserved at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/781044434. 

“With the mobility of workers across international borders it is no longer adequate to conduct background checks just in the United States,” says Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent speaker nationally as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ training program. “A significant percentage of the U.S. population consists of immigrants and an increasing number of U.S. workers have spent part of their career abroad. With business going global, U.S. firms are staffing offices internationally and the number of countries from which employers seek information about applicants is expansive.”

In the webinar on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 titled ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance,’ Rosen will introduce employers to international background checks, including the legal, practical and cultural challenges employers face when obtaining information outside of the U.S. He will explain the ins and outs of international criminal records, terrorist databases, and whether background checks are needed on applicants with a valid visa. In this comprehensive presentation, participants will learn:

  • Why international background checks are becoming an necessary tool for all employers;
  • What tools are available to international employers;
  • The limitations of international background checks;
  • The complex verification process of international employment and education;
  • How to protect your company against fake international degrees; and 
  • The legalities of data protection and privacy – including the rules of the European Union and Canada.

In the webinar on Thursday, June 14, 2012 titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ Rosen will provide participants a pathway to compliance with the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the use of criminal records. Seats may be reserved at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/781044434 and registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. A recorded version of the webinar will be made available to all registrants by email the next day.

“This webinar will go beyond merely restating what the EEOC Guidance included and answer the question of what employers should do now to be in compliance,” says Rosen. “All employers need an action plan to comply with the new rules of the EOCC on the use of arrest and conviction records. This webinar provides concrete steps employers can take.”

On April 25, 2012, the EEOC – the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – voted to update Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 available at http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm. In the webinar, Rosen will offer “real world” solutions on what employers should do now to remain in compliance with the EEOC while performing criminal background checks on job applicants.  Topics covered in the webinar will include:

  • Longstanding court decisions and existing EEOC Guidance documents;
  • Employment discrimination based on race and national origin, criminal records, and employer practices;
  • The differences between arrest and conviction records;
  • Disparate treatment and disparate impact analysis under Title VII;
  • Employer defenses the EEOC believes meet the “job related and consistent with business necessity” standard;
  • Individualized assessment of job applicants with criminal records;
  • Compliance with other federal laws and/or regulations that conflict with Title VII;
  • State and local laws or regulations preempted by Title VII; 
  • EEOC Guidance best practices for employers; and
  • Links to EEOC Guidance materials and Q & A.

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

NOTE: For clients of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) who would like a recording of the special ESR ‘Client Only’ EEOC Criminal Guidance webinar held on May 31, 2012, please contact ESR Customer Service at 415.898.0044 or customerservice@esrcheck.com.

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 a small percentage of 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/, call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474 (Toll Free), or email customerservice@esrcheck.com.

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.