Background Check Expert Explains EEOC Criminal Guidance Compliance in PIHRA Webinar August 10

To help Human Resources professionals understand the new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records, background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will host a Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) webinar titled ‘Practical Steps Employers Can Take to Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for webinar, visit:

In April 2012, the EEOC, the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, voted to approve updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The updated EEOC guidance, which builds on longstanding court decisions and guidance documents that the EEOC has issued in the past and focuses on employment discrimination based on race and national origin, is available at:

Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ will present a webinar that will go beyond simply repeating the EEOC Guidance language and give “real world” examples and suggestions on what employers should do now to remain in compliance while performing criminal background checks. Topics covered 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.
  • Compliance with other federal laws and/or regulations that conflict with Title VI.
  • State and local laws or regulations preempted by Title VII.
  • EEOC Guidance best practices for employers.
  • Links to EEOC Guidance materials and Q & A.

Rosen 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 the ‘ESR Speaks’ training program.

To learn more about the EEOC and background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at, call 415.898.0044, or email


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, call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474 (Toll Free), or email

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