Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Avoiding Illegal Screening Practices

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen,

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled “Avoiding Illegal Pre-Employment Screening Practices: Update on Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Salary Secrecy Law” on Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – will explain that employers often find themselves caught in the middle when it comes to effective hiring. On the one hand, a bad hire can result in a legal nightmare that includes lawsuits for mere technical violations of screening laws. On the other hand, background checks have become increasingly regulated by state and federal legislation as a result of such litigation.

In the webinar produced by continuing education provider Clear Law Institute, Rosen will show attendees how to navigate through the screening process not only avoid bad hires, but also prevent legal action by ensuring the background checks performed on applicants did not violate the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, and a host of state laws. Attendees will learn:

  • Ban the Box laws that restrict when employers may ask about a job applicant’s criminal record.
  • Fair Chance hiring laws that go further in regulating how employers use criminal records.
  • How to ensure compliance with the FCRA to avoid class action lawsuits for technical violations.
  • Best practices for compliance with the EEOC guidance on discovering and using criminal records.
  • The importance of implementing a process for “Individualized Assessment” of criminal records.
  • Salary secrecy laws that prohibit questions about salary history to combat gender pay gaps.

The 90-minute webinar is approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward general recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Clear Law Institute is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and the webinar is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. To register for the webinar, click here.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in the San Francisco, California area in 1997. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – formerly called the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – and served as the first chair. Rosen is a frequent speaker nationwide on due diligence issues.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a founding member of – and accredited by – the PBSA. ESR also undergoes annual SOC 2 (SSAE 18) audits, adheres to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, and was named to 2019 HRO Today Magazine’s Baker’s Dozen for Enterprise Pre-Employment Screening Services. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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