Attorney Lester Rosen to Present Webinar about Legally Using Criminal Records

ESR Webinar

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar titled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. To register, visit https://auroratrainingadvantage.com/webinars/using-criminal-records-2/.

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, approved an 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 having a profound impact on how employers in America use criminal records of job applicants when hiring.

In addition, states and local jurisdictions are passing “Ban the Box” rules that will impact how employers may obtain and utilize criminal records. In the webinar hosted by Aurora Training Advantage, Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – will give “real world’ examples and suggestions on what employers should do now to remain in compliance while performing criminal background checks. Attendees of the webinar with Rosen will:

  • Understand longstanding court decisions and existing EEOC Guidance documents.
  • Review issues concerning employment discrimination based on race and national origin.
  • Discuss the differences between arrest and conviction records.
  • Review the basics of how criminal records are maintained, what records are available to employers, and how background firms obtain criminal records.
  • Understand why Ban the Box rules are needed to give ex-offenders a second chance and how employers can comply with the legal requirements.
  • Review disparate treatment and disparate impact analysis under Title VII.
  • Discuss the 2012 EEOC Guidance and such critical topics such as the three part “Targeted Screens” and “Individualized Assessments.”
  • Examine recommended best practices for compliance with the EEOC Guidance.

Employers need to understand the basics of how the criminal justice system works, what records are available, and how to legally obtain and use them. Rosen will outline steps and tools employers can implement immediately at no cost to demonstrate good faith compliance with rules governing criminal records. Attendees will have a road map for action items they can use to demonstrate legal compliance when using background checks.

The webinar is approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward general recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Aurora Training Advantage is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This webinar is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. To register for the webinar, click here.

Rosen is a noted background check expert who was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a nonprofit organization representing the background screening industry formerly known as the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – and served as the first co-chair. In 2019, he was awarded the PBSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) was founded by Rosen in 1997 in the San Francisco, California area. ESR is accredited by the PBSA, undergoes annual SOC 2® Type 2 audits, adheres to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, and was named one of the top background screening firms in 2019 by HRO Today Magazine’s Baker’s Dozen. To learn more about background check services from ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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