To help Human Resources professionals comply with new background check laws in California, Jared Callahan, the Director of Business Development for background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the Los Angeles HR Star Conference on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. To register for the LA HR Star conference, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/la/. Since employers in California, and employers doing business in California, need to be aware of two new laws – California Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) and California Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) – that took effect on January 1, 2012, Callahan’s session will examine how the laws will change the way employment screening background checks are conducted in the state:
- California Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) relates the use of credit report checks of job applicants and current employees for employment purposes. AB 22 prohibits most employers and prospective employers in the state – with the exception of certain financial institutions – from obtaining consumer credit reports for employment purposes. In addition, AB 22 also requires the written notice informing the person for whom a consumer credit report is sought for employment purposes to also inform that person of the specific reason for obtaining the credit report. To view AB 22, visit http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.pdf.
- California Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) relates to the “offshoring” of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers who are the subjects of background checks. SB 909 addresses the issue of personal information of consumers collected during background checks for employment purposes being sent “offshore” and outside the United States or its territories beyond the protection of U.S. privacy laws. SB 909 amends the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRA) that regulates background checks in California and requires a new disclosure be made to consumers as to whether their PII will be sent outside the country. To view SB 909, visit: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_0901-0950/sb_909_bill_20100929_chaptered.pdf.