Background Screening: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Organization

2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will teach you critical background screening compliance law with a focus on what screening firms don't necessarily want you to know.

In today's litigious environment, performing background checks is more important than ever. But not understanding what makes a background check comprehensive and compliant can render them useless—and dangerous. Your challenge has been to understand the ever-changing regulations regarding the use of criminal records with no education provided about background screening. This session will cover reports, data accuracy and sources, adverse action, and many hot legal compliance issues—it is a must-attend for all talent management and compliance professionals. You will learn:

The real reasons an organization should perform employee background checks and the components of a truly comprehensive background check—what you need and what you don't (this covers negligent hiring liability). 
How to avoid common compliance problems and what the hot areas are for litigation, including applicant authorization forms, adverse action, and what charges you can consider and for how long—to include state and federal                    regulations. 
Where criminal records come from, what constitutes “good data,” and the differences in manual county searches vs. online searches, as well as the dangers that instant data pose. 
About “order review” (and why it's important), fingerprinting (and why it's not), credit reports (can I run them?), and state and federal searches.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Debra Keller


Deb Keller is President & Chief Compliance Officer at Total Insight Screening, a national background screening firm and is a SHRM/HRCI Certified Education Provider. She’s a national authority on background screening, the FCRA, the use of criminal records in employment and the 2012 EEOC Guidance. She’s a frequent speaker at National SHRM (2016, 2017), Employment Law (2017, 2018, 2020, 2021) and 25+ State SHRM conferences (2015-2021). She’s been quoted in SHRM magazine & the 2020 Complete Guide to Human Resources & the Law. Deb holds PBSA Advanced Certification, designating advanced expertise in the FCRA and background screening.

Columbus EF, East Tower, Ballroom Level
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Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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