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Background Check Expert to Present Webinar on Legal Use of Criminal Records by Employers

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), will present a live webinar entitled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” hosted by compliance experts Aurora Training Advantage on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time.

Webinar on Legal Use of Criminal Records

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’ that has profoundly impacted how employers in America hire.

In addition to the EEOC Guidance, states and local jurisdictions are passing “Ban the Box” rules that will impact how employers can obtain and utilize criminal records. In this 90-minute webinar, Rosen will give real world examples and suggestions on what employers should do now to remain in compliance while performing criminal background checks on job applicants. Areas covered in the webinar will include:

  • Understanding longstanding court decisions and existing EEOC Guidance documents.
  • Reviewing issues concerning employment discrimination based on race and national origin.
  • Discussing the differences between arrest and conviction records.
  • Reviewing the basics of how criminal records are maintained, what records are available to employers, and how background firms obtain criminal records.
  • Understanding why Ban the Box rules are needed to give ex-offenders a second chance and how employers can comply with the legal requirements.
  • Reviewing disparate treatment and disparate impact analysis under Title VII.

Attendees of this webinar will have a road map for action items they can implement immediately to demonstrate legal compliance when it comes to criminal background checks. “Employers first need to understand the basics of how the criminal justice system works, what records are available, and how to legally obtain and use them,” explains Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward general recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). Aurora Training Advantage is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This webinar is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

Rosen founded  Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in 1997 in the San Francisco, California area. He conducts regular seminars and workshops on background screening and has presented at many HR conferences. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and served as first co-chair. ESR is accredited by the NAPBS.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has provided engaging and informative speakers for conferences, seminars, and webinars nationwide for over a decade as part of the “ESR Speaks” program that helps employers and Human Resources (HR) professionals better understand background checks. To learn more about upcoming events, visit www.esrcheck.com/Tools-Resources/Event-Calendar/.

ESR Offers Legally Compliant Criminal Records Checks

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – offers legally compliant criminal records checks that help employers to make informed decisions thanks to ESR’s commitment to compliance, technical innovation, and the agility to respond to constant changes in the background screening legal landscape. To learn more, visit www.esrcheck.com/Background-Checks/.

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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