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Background Check Experts to Present Webinar on Ban the Box Laws and Salary History Prohibitions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), and ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick will co-host a live webinar entitled “Illegal Employment Screening Practices: Ban the Box, Background Checks, and Salary History” on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST.

Webinar on Ban the Box and Salary History

In this webinar presented with Business & Legal Resources (BLR), Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – and Standerwick will show attendees how to manage their screening practices so they do not spark legal liability under “Ban the Box” laws in effect, prohibitions on salary history inquiries, their obligations under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and other applicable laws.

More and more states and cities are enacting “Ban the Box” laws that remove criminal history questions from job applications to delay inquiries about an applicant’s criminal history until later in the hiring process. Employers must also be concerned with the enforcement guidance on the proper use of criminal records issued in 2012 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

In addition, some cities and states are barring prospective employers from asking about a candidate’s salary history. While the purpose of this restriction is to level the playing field so that prospective employees get a fair shake no matter what their gender as far as equal pay, it may cause headaches when trying to determine what to offer for salary. Attendees of the webinar will also learn how to:

  • Comply with the latest updates to “Ban the Box” laws, salary history inquiry restrictions, and other laws that affect background checks of prospective hires.
  • Evaluate when to ask questions related to criminal convictions – and when to hold back.
  • Identify how FCRA and EEOC rules may apply to employee background checks.
  • Apply best practices for reviewing job advertisements and employment applications.
  • Ensure compliance when your company operates across multiple states or cities, which may have varying requirements concerning “Ban the Box” and salary history inquiries.
  • Avoid “red flag” issues that could result in disparate treatment and disparate impact such as age-related questions or personal data.
  • Address gaps in employment history, which can be seen as discriminatory in certain cases.
  • Recognize the importance of individualized assessments to avoid discrimination claims.

Attendees of the webinar hosted by Rosen and Standerwick will receive the latest information on policy-based and procedural safeguards that should be in place so a company’s hiring practices do not result in disparate impact or discrimination claims because of unacceptable approach to issues such as an applicant’s criminal history or salary history. To register for the webinar, click here.

This program has been pre-approved for 1.0 hours of general recertification credit toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). BLR is also recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP and this program is valid for 1.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

Rosen has also written an article about the subject matter of the webinar entitled “The Impact of Ban-the-Box and Salary History Prohibitions on Employers” that briefly explains Ban the Box laws and salary history prohibitions in greater detail. The article appeared on the website of the HR Daily Advisor, a free daily source of HR tips, news, and advice from BLR. To read the article, click here.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check firm located in the San Francisco, California-area, in 1997. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) in 2003 and served as first co-chair. He is a frequent presenter for “ESR Speaks” and his speaking appearances include national conferences.

Standerwick is a screening industry professional with extensive knowledge in background screening, substance abuse testing, occupational health screening, and related HR technologies.  She is a longtime member of the NAPBS Board of Directors who was elected Chair of the NAPBS for the 2016-17 term and recognized as the longest serving NAPBS board member in its history with nine years of service in 2018.

ESR Helps Employers with Ban the Box and Salary History

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