Course Teaches Employers How to Properly Use Criminal Records for Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will teach a course with Compliance World entitled “Employers – Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued” on Thursday, July 28, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PT. To register for this event, which is approved for 1.50 HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credits, click here.

“There has been a seismic shift in legislation and regulations surrounding the use of criminal records,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent speaker on background check issues. “Companies that have not adjusted their policies risk expensive class action lawsuits. Creating a compliant criminal records use policy is a necessity for any company performing background checks.”

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination – issued updated “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” that is available at https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm.

In addition, “Ban the Box” is a nationwide campaign by civil rights groups aimed at persuading employers to remove the check box that asks if applicants have criminal records from their hiring applications. The Ban the Box movement is spreading rapidly across the United States. Currently, more than 100 cities and counties as well as twenty states have implemented Ban the Box policies.

The object of the 90 minute course is to help employers make sure their use of criminal records when hiring does not land them in court or under investigation. Attendees will have a road map for action items they can implement immediately at no cost to demonstrate compliance. Employers will learn which laws affect them and what should be in their policy with criminal records. They will also learn:

  • How the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws regulates the use of criminal records.
  • The impact of the EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal records.
  • Why Ban the Box is reaching a national tipping point and what employers can do to prepare.
  • Steps to take to avoid inaccurate results with criminal records.
  • How to audit their current practices with criminal records for legal compliance.

Rosen says the course will go beyond simply repeating EEOC Guidance language and Ban the Box legislation to give real world examples on what employers should do now to remain in compliance while performing background checks using criminal records. “Now more than ever employers need to be aware of EEOC Guidance and Ban the Box laws on how to properly use criminal records when hiring,” he explains.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check firm, in 1997. ESR is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and undergoes yearly SOC 2® Audits to ensure the security, confidentiality, and privacy of consumer information used for background checks. To learn more about ESR, call toll free 888.999.4474 or visit www.esrcheck.com.

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