Background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of three panelists participating in a live 90-minute webinar and teleconference titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening After EEOC’s New Guidance: Structuring Policies to Comply With Title VII, Fair Credit Reporting Act and State Laws’ on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit: “The EEOC’s new enforcement guidance on criminal background checks issued in April 2012 will significantly impact how arrest and conviction records are used during the hiring process,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to pre-employment screening. Rosen will take part in the (CLE) Continuing Legal Education webinar and teleconference from Strafford with Pamela Q. Devata of Seyfarth Shaw and Cindy D. Hanson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton to provide guidance on the legal pitfalls of pre-employment background checks and hiring policies and procedures that minimize liability exposure. The panel will discuss the new guidance on criminal background checks from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as the myriad legal rights of applicants under federal and state laws including Title VII and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The outline for the presentation, which will include a question and answer (Q & A) session, will be as follows:

  • I. Recent legal developments: A. New EEOC guidance on criminal background checks; B. Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance; and C. State law compliance.
  • II. Best practices to minimize litigation risks: A. Weigh benefits of obtaining data versus potential legal liabilities; B. Develop written policies on what information can be collected and used; C. Enforce policies consistently and uniformly; D. Train managers, supervisors and employees on company policy; E. Considerations when using recruiters in hiring—joint employer liability; and F. Considerations when using social media in hiring.
The panel will also review the following key questions concerning pre-employment background checks:
  • How are employers responding to the EEOC’s new guidance on criminal background checks?
  • How can businesses balance their duty to conduct due diligence background checks on applicants against their duty not to discriminate in employment decisions?
  • What are the best practices for employers when developing and implementing policies for the use of credit records, criminal histories and social networking sites in hiring decisions?
Rosen is the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening and safe hiring issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ training program. His speaking appearances include numerous national conferences and has qualified and testified in California, Florida, and Arkansas as an employment screening expert on issues of due diligence. For more information on background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at, call ESR at 415.898.0044, or email [email protected]. Source:  About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information, empowering employers to make informed safe hiring decisions for the benefit for our clients, their employees, and the public. ESR literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percentage of screening firms. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit, call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474 (Toll Free), or email [email protected]. About ESR News: The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].]]>


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