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Top 10 Hiring Pitfalls: Legal Risks Of Background Checks, Salary History Requests, Drug Testing, Social Media Snooping, And More

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Top 10 Hiring Pitfalls: Legal Risks Of Background Checks, Salary History Requests, Drug Testing, Social Media Snooping, And More
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When hiring new workers, it’s important to make sure your company is up-to-date on the latest laws governing what you can and cannot ask prospective hires.

Many cities and states have passed “ban-the-box” laws, which bar an employer from asking an applicant to disclose criminal history record information before a conditional offer of employment is made.

Additionally, some cities and states have passed laws prohibiting employers from asking about salary history. These laws aim to help eliminate unfair pay discrepancies (particularly on the basis of gender), but they create challenges for employers that typically use salary history to help determine current pay.

Other legal issues employers need to watch out for in trying to make an informed decision about a new hire include pre-employment drug testing, social media screening, and using an outside screener to do background checks.

Join us to learn how to navigate this tricky landscape and avoid legal landmines.

You’ll learn:
  • The biggest hiring goofs employers keep making, as illustrated by cases where they ran into legal trouble
  • The right way to go about conducting background checks, including the latest on “ban-the-box” prohibitions
  • What you should disclose to prospective hires about background/credit checks (and how to notify them)
  • How to get information on an applicant’s salary history without running afoul of new legislation barring questions in this area
  • Do’s and don’ts of pre-employment drug tests—when to use them, when to steer clear, and how to ensure that hiring decisions based on drug test results don’t violate the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Whether—and how—you may use social media, such as Facebook, in checking a prospective employee’s background, and what you should never ask applicants for
  • And much more!
About Your Presenter:

Kimberly Klimczuk, Esq.
Partner
Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Kimberly Klimczuk joined Skoler Abbott in 2004 and concentrates her practice on labor law and employment litigation. Her experience includes representing employers in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including wage/hour law, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and breach of contract. In addition, she assists employers in taking proactive measures to ensure compliance with various employment laws and avoid litigation altogether.

Ms. Klimczuk is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of associations and organizations, as well as for Business & Legal Resources webinars and events, and is an active member of the Western Massachusetts community.
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