2023WebinarsAttorney Lester Rosen

Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, Attorney Lester Rosen, the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” and founder of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar titled “Screening Unemployed Job Applicants: Pros and Cons to Consider” that will take place from 1:00 PM to 2:05 PM ET (10:00 AM to 11:05 AM PT).

“Many job applicants find themselves at a disadvantage if they are currently unemployed or have significant gaps in their employment history,” explains Rosen. “Employers may be concerned that unemployment reflects poorly on an applicant’s ability or fitness for the job or may reflect poor past job performance.”

However, such an approach can also adversely impact workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own or left the workforce for legitimate reasons such as caring for children or family members or dealing with medical issues. Attendees of this webinar from Lorman Education Services will be able to:

  • Describe unemployment discrimination and employment gaps and the reasons why employers are concerned about that issue.
  • Explain how discrimination based on current employment and employment history can potentially discriminate on the basis of gender, age, or medical condition.
  • Discuss the reasons to consider applicants who are unemployed or have employment gaps or criminal records.
  • Review an organization’s policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on criminal records as well as “Ban the Box” laws in order to avoid disparate impact in hiring.

The webinar will help employers better deal with the legal and practical issues involved with using employment history as a barometer for evaluating applicants. Employers need to consider if using employment history can be discriminatory by adversely impacting applicants based on gender, age, or medical condition.

This webinar will also cover laws that prohibit hiring based on unemployment or advertising that current employment is a job requirement. This material also reviews if a long absence from the workforce results in a derogation of skills and solutions to that problem. To register for the webinar, click here.

Rosen is a frequent speaker on background check issues. He was the chair of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) – which represents the background screening industry and was the first co-chair. He received the PBSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a service offering of ClearStar, a global Human Resources technology company specializing in background checksdrug testing, and occupational health screening. ClearStar offers pre-employment screening to help employers make informed hiring decisions. To learn more, contact ClearStar.

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