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Legally Obtaining and using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box

December 17, 2020
10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST
90 Minutes
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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, use of criminal records and hiring has become a complex and highly regulated area for employers. Employers must understand the legal limitations on the use of a criminal record, including state and local Ban the Box and Fair Chance hiring laws as well as the EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal records issued in 2012.

Employers need to understand that the automatic rejection of an applicant with a criminal record may not only be unlawful, but potentially eliminates qualified applicants. The Second Chance movement is aimed at helping ex-offenders re-enter society.

If an ex-offender cannot find employment, there is a substantial chance of recidivism, meaning that as a society we are spending money on prisons and police that could be used for schools and hospitals. This webinar is aimed at helping employers navigate the maze of laws and processes involved in obtaining and using criminal records in hiring.

Why you should Attend: Criminal records have become a "hot" topic in hiring. Employers need to exercise due diligence in hiring, butat the same time, past criminal matters must be used fairly and lawfully and applicants have substantial rights that must be respected.

Failure to understand and follow the rules can land an employer in hot water fast as well as hurt qualified potential applicants. In this webinar, learn how to minimize risk in hiring while following the law and providing opportunities to ex-offenders.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • Learn how the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and state laws regulates the use of criminal records
  • Understand the impact of the EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal records
  • Why Ban the Box is reaching a national tipping point and what employers can do to prepare
  • Steps to take to avoid inaccurate criminal results
  • Audit your current practices for legal compliance

Who Will Benefit:
  • Human Resources
  • Security Professionals
  • Recruiters
  • Hiring managers
  • Supervisions
  • Corporate Counsel

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources ( ), a national background screening company located in California. ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program.

He is the author of, "The Safe Hiring Manual- The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers (728 pages-Facts on Demand Press/2d Edition September 2012), the first comprehensive book on employment screening. He has also written, "The Safe Hiring Audit," published in 2008. He is also a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences.

Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) a professional trade organization for the screening industry and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

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