Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Avant Resources to help employers maintain compliance with new U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance for the use of criminal records. The hour long webinar, ‘How Employers Can Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance,’ will take place on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. PT, and more information is available at: In April of 2012, the EEOC – the agency enforcing 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. The new Guidance, which will have a profound impact on how employers in America perform background checks, is available at During the webinar, Rosen – a safe hiring expert and frequent speaker on due diligence issues as part of the “ESR Speaks” background check training program – will provide a road map for demonstrating legal compliance as he goes beyond simply repeating the EEOC Guidance language and gives “real world” examples and suggestions on what employers should do now to demonstrate legal compliance in the workplace while performing criminal background checks. Topics covered will include:

  • Longstanding court decisions and existing EEOC Guidance documents.
  • Employment discrimination based on race and national origin, criminal records, and employer practices.
  • The differences between arrest and conviction records.
  • Disparate treatment and disparate impact analysis under Title VII.
  • Employer defenses the EEOC believes meet the “job related and consistent with business necessity” standard.
  • State and local laws or regulations preempted by Title VII.
  • EEOC Guidance best practices for employers.
  • Option for handling questions about post criminal records.
  • Criticisms of the new EEOC Guidance.
  • The Good, the May Be Good, and the Impossible stemming from the new Guidance.
  • What employers should have on applications.
  • How to handle the new “Individualized Assessment” process.
  • What should employers do now?
Other benefits of the webinar ‘How Employers Can Comply with the New EEOC Criminal Guidance’ include 1 hour of HR Certification Institution (HRCI) approved credit, 1 hour of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit pre-approved in certain states, a live question and answer session, and a complimentary copy of the speaker’s presentation slides. For more information about the event, visit Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in the San Francisco, California-area in 1997 and the company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” a comprehensive guide to employment screening that was expanded and updated for a second edition published in October 2012. For more information, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’ – is a nationwide screening firm accredited by the NAPBS that offers automated, paperless, and fully compliant background check services with the ESR Assured ComplianceSM system. To learn more about ESR Assured Compliance, visit For more information about ESR, visit or call Toll Free 888.999.4474. Source: About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit or call toll free 888.999.4474. 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]. To subscribe to the ESR News Blog Feed, visit To subscribe to the complimentary ESRcheck Report monthly newsletter, please visit]]>

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