EEOC Chair to Speak at Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring Conference on October 25

The Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will join a panel of distinguished speakers discussing criminal background checks at the ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. To register for the event through Wednesday, October 23, 2013, please visit

The conference speakers will discuss applying best practices standards developed by a team of civil rights organizations working with leading members of the background screening industry and published in a guide titled ‘Best Practices Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring.’ The publication – provided to all registrants at the conference – outlines practical steps employers and background screeners can take to comply with the EEOC ‘Enforcement Guidance on the Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’ updated in April 2012.

The speakers at the conference sponsored by the John Jay Prisoner Reentry Institute, Legal Action Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National H.I.R.E. Network, and National Workrights Institute will include:

  • Honorable Jacqueline Berrien, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Honorable Alphonso David, Deputy Secretary and Counsel for Civil Rights to the Governor of New York
  • President Jeremy Travis, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Frederick G. Giles, SVP CARCO Group, Inc., immediate past Chair of National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®)
  • Fernan Cepero, Chief Human Resources Officer for the YMCA of Greater Rochester, N.Y.
  • Pamela Q. Devata, Esquire, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Professor Robert McCrie, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Professor Shawn Bushway, State University of New York-Albany
  • Ronald Bergamini, Chief Executive Officer, Action Environmental Group
  • Roberta A. Meyers, Director, National H.I.R.E. Network
  • Ray P. McClain, Director, Employment Discrimination Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Lewis Maltby, President, National Workrights Institute

“The Guidance issued by the EEOC on the use of criminal records on April 25, 2012 has the potential to impact every employer in America that hires,” says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), who helped develop the Best Practices Standards with fellow screening industry leaders Fred Giles and James Owens of CARCO Group, Inc. “This conference provides essential tools that may prove invaluable to employers, Human Resources professionals, labor attorneys, hiring managers, and anyone who is involved in the hiring process or issues concerning the use of criminal records.”

The ‘Best Practices Standards for Use of Criminal Records in Hiring’ Conference offers organizations a clear guide to using criminal history records in hiring without prompting complaints of employment discrimination. The Registration Fee for the event is $125. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is located at 524 West 59th Street, New York City, New York. Additional information about the conference on Friday, October 25, 2013 is available at


About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):

Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. Founder and CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.

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