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 titled “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” hosted by Human Resources (HR) training solutions provider TrainHRLearning on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, approved “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” that is having a profound impact on how employers in America use criminal records of job applicants when hiring.

Employers must understand the legal limitations on the use of a criminal record, including EEOC Guidance, state and local “Ban the Box” rules, Fair Chance hirings laws, the Second Chance movement helping ex-offenders re-enter society, and how the automatic rejection of an applicant with a criminal record may not only be unlawful but potentially eliminate qualified applicants. Attendees of the 90-minute webinar presented by Rosen will:

  • Learn how the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws regulate the use of criminal records.
  • Understand the impact of EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal records.
  • Learn why Ban the Box is reaching a national tipping point and what employers can do to prepare.
  • Learn steps to take to avoid inaccurate criminal results.
  • Audit their current practices for legal compliance.

“Conducting background checks on new hires is a critical part of an employer’s due diligence obligations. Those checks typically include looking at past criminal matters. However, the use of criminal records and hiring has become a complex and highly regulated area for employers,” explained Rosen, a noted background check expert and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual.” To learn more about the webinar with Rosen, click here.

Rosen is a noted background check expert who was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – a nonprofit organization representing the background screening industry formerly known as the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – and served as the first co-chair. In 2019, he was awarded the PBSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ban the Box laws and second chance programs that help give ex-offenders in the United States with a prior criminal record – an estimated 70 million people or nearly one in three U.S. adults – an opportunity to find work after leaving prison will continue to spread, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2020 compiled by leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR).

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) was founded by Rosen in 1997 in the San Francisco, California area. ESR is accredited by the PBSA, undergoes annual SOC 2® Type 2 audits, adheres to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, and was named the #1 background screening firm in 2020 by HRO Today Magazine’s Baker’s Dozen. To learn more about background check services from ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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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