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Conducting Legally Sound Background Checks: New FCRA Requirements And EEOC Guidance Explained

SKU:WC-1012084
Date / Time: Recorded
Format: Webinar
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The EEOC has been cracking down on employers who overstep legal bounds when conducting criminal background checks, which is cause for concern since an estimated 92 percent of organizations use criminal background checks on their applicants.

Two recent settlements make it clear that if your organization has an unnecessarily broad criminal background check practice or policy, it could cost you millions of dollars.

Pepsi Beverages, Inc. agreed to pay $3.13 million and provide job offers and training to revolve a racial discrimination claim. The EEOC claimed Pepsi's policy, which allegedly excluded more than 300 African-American applicants from permanent employment, including some who had never even been convicted of an offense, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In another case, Integrity Staffing Solutions reached a settlement when it unlawfully denied a black job applicant employment based on a 30-year-old criminal conviction for involuntary manslaughter. As part of the settlement, ISS agreed to change its employment advertisements and job applications to comply with its policy that individuals with criminal convictions shouldn't automatically be denied work.

So does that mean you shouldn't conduct criminal background checks? Not necessarily. Done legally, background checks can be an effective screening tool to find relevant information about job candidates. But with new FCRA requirements, it's crucial for you to understand the ins and outs of background checks so you can stay in compliance.

Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:

  • Dos and don'ts for vetting applicants, including ways to use social media to legally sniff out information
  • Best practices for evaluating arrest and criminal conviction records in light of recently issued EEOC enforcement guidance
  • Questions to ask third-party employment screening providers before retaining them to protect your organization from potential liability
  • Four steps you MUST take before checking credit so you're in compliance with the FCRA
  • What the states additionally require employers to do
  • Tips on how to develop a legally defensible background check screening process

In just 90 minutes, you'll understand the legal dos and don'ts for conducting background checks on employees and job applicants. Register now for this informative event for HR professionals.

About your Speaker:

Attorney Sara Hutchins Jodka of Porter Wright concentrates her practice in employment litigation and she has significant experience representing employers in all facets of employment-related litigation. She defends businesses before administrative agencies and in federal and state court involving employment-related claims. As part of her extensive compliance practice, Ms. Jodka has drafted company handbooks, workplace policies, and more. Ms. Jodka has worked for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to the Fortune 100, in many different industries, including healthcare, foodservice, manufacturing, technology, professional services, consumer products, and financial services, as well as non-profit organizations and state employers.

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About Webcasts / Audio Conferences / Podcasts:

Webcasts, audio conferences, and podcasts are presentations that you attend via the Internet, phone, or mobile device at a specified date and time for "live" versions, or at your convenience for "recorded" and "On-Demand" versions.

The live versions are interactive, meaning that participants can ask questions in real time, plus are a very cost-effective form of training because 1) you receive fast, convenient learning without any out-of-office time; 2) you can invite as many colleagues as you'd like to listen in on a single phone line; 3) you incur no travel expenses; and 4) you and your colleagues are back at work immediately after the session ends!

And though with recorded versions you do lose the ability to ask questions, you gain the ability to hear the presentation numerous times and to share it with others in your office.

Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you prior to the event via email from the presenter and from the "MyAccount" link on the menu bar. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

Licenses / Designations / Educational Credits:PHR / SPHR Re-Certification Credits
All US States: 1.5
About The Provider: BLR® is the leader in helping organizations, and their employees, reduce safety, environmental and employment compliance-related legal exposure, stay on the right side of law, and achieve their full potential. We offer best-in-class compliance product and services that includes news, information & analysis, best practice guidance, employee training and turn-key tools delivered in a wide range of formats from online applications, live events and websites to books, CD's, Video, Posters and newsletters geared to all sized organizations and industries.
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