Employers: Your Use of Criminal Records Could Get You Sued

2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: Learn how to ensure that your use of criminal record checks in hiring does not land you in court or under investigation.

You know that conducting criminal background checks is essential to hiring the best candidates and minimizing negligent hiring liability. But there has been a seismic shift in legislation and regulations surrounding the use of criminal records, and companies that have not adjusted their policies risk lawsuits, including expensive class actions. This session will demonstrate that creating a background check policy that is legally compliant is a necessity for any company that performs criminal background checks. You will learn which laws affect your organization and what should be in your organization’s policy. This session will cover:

·         How the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws regulate the use of criminal records.

·         The impact of EEOC guidance on the use of criminal records.

·         Why the “ban-the-box” movement is reaching a national tipping point and what you can do to prepare.

·         The steps you should take to avoid inaccurate background check results.

·         How to audit your current practices for legal compliance.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Lester S. Rosen

Lester S.

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law  and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a national background screening company.  He is a consultant, writer, expert witness  and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening. He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” (3d Edition 2017/826 pages), the first comprehensive book on background screening.  He served as the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA),  served as its first co-chair and received the PBSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. 

Asia 5
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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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