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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Aurora Training Advantage titled ‘EEOC Criminal Records Update’ on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, visit

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.’

In this webinar, Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” –will go beyond simply repeating EEOC Guidance language and give real world examples and suggestions on what employers should do now to remain in compliance while performing criminal background checks. The EEOC Guidance is at

Attendees of this webinar will have a road map for action items they can implement immediately to demonstrate legal compliance. There are steps and tools employers can use at no cost to demonstrate good faith compliance. Learning points 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.
  • Compliance with other federal laws and/or regulations that conflict with Title VI.
  • 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 Maybe and the Challenging stemming from the new EEOC Guidance.
  • What should employers do now?

Rosen is founder of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background screening company located in the San Francisco, California area accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). For a schedule of his speaking appearances, please visit


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