Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ for the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), a series of four webinars offering HR professionals and employers cost-effective and legally compliant techniques to avoid hiring job applicants who are potentially dangerous, unfit, unqualified, or dishonest. The first webinar in the series, ‘An Overview of Background Checks and the Use of Criminal Records,’ takes place on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST. For more information or to register for the webinar series, visit: https://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38879&instance=0. With negligent hiring lawsuits one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation, conducting due diligence on new hires is critical since just one “bad hire” can lead to fraud, embezzlement, workplace violence and result in a legal and financial nightmare. The eProgram Series will meet in four 90 minute online sessions to review federal and state laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and unique “only-in-California” rules that control the background check process. Attendees of the webinars will also learn how to implement a legally compliant program to hire the best employees. The four sessions for ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ include:
- Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST: ‘An Overview of Background Checks and the Use of Criminal Records’ – Employee problems are caused by problem employees. Avoid bad hires by practicing due diligence in your hiring programs. This webinar provides an introduction to safe hiring and background checks, obtaining and using criminal records, and cutting edge due diligence techniques.
- Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST: ‘Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ – Social networking sites and search engines contain a treasure trove of information on job applicants. However, the unrestricted use of Web 2.0 for hiring by employers, human resources professionals or recruiters carries substantial risks. This webinar examines the pros and cons of using online data, including discrimination issues, the use of legal off-duty conduct, privacy, accuracy and authenticity.
- Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST: ‘Effective Employment and Education Verification: How to Tell What Is Real and What Is Not’ – Successful hiring decisions are critical in challenging economic times, and verifying past employment and education and obtaining references are essential to this process. Unfortunately, candidates falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers. This webinar shows how legal limitations create barriers for HR professionals when obtaining and giving past employment information.
- Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST: ‘Caution Advised: Complying with Federal and California Law for Pre-employment Screening and How to Avoid Pitfalls and Traps’ – To avoid bad hiring decisions, employers have increasingly turned to pre-employment background screening as a risk management tool. No screening program can be conducted without a full understanding of a number of laws, including the FCRA, discrimination and privacy law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a host of state-specific rules. This webinar reviews the application of federal and state laws to both pre-employment screening and the investigation of current employees.