EmployeeScreenIQ’s Jason Morris Talks Background Checks at Florida State HR Conference

Nick Fishman

Will you be attending the 2012 Florida State HR Conference and Expo next week?  If so, please stop by to see EmployeeScreenIQ president and chief operating officer, Jason B. Morris present, “An Expert’s Guide to Navigating the Minefield of Recruiting and Employment Screening Laws,” on Monday, August 27, 2012. You’ll learn how these laws affect your use of employee background checks, how to understand and anticipate government scrutiny of criminal background checks and credit reports, the risks and benefits of using social networking for recruiting and screening, and the effects of “Ban the Box” legislation. Jason’s presentation is slated for 1:00 p.m. EST at the host hotel and conference center, the Rosen Shingle Creek.

Here’s some more information about the presentation:

Pre-employment background screening plays a critical role in helping reduce costly hiring mistakes. However, 2012 has been a year of litigation and legislation that threatens employers with a rising tide of legal dangers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has intensified its scrutiny of hiring practices, exposing employers to a greater risk of discrimination lawsuits and it recently released new guidance on the use of criminal background checks. And since 2010, it has filed more discrimination charges than in the agency’s 47 year history.

The EEOC has set its sights on companies who use credit reports and those that rely on arrest records and/or convictions which the agency believes are irrelevant to employment. Further, many states have introduced laws that interfere with the background check process. Maryland, Connecticut, California, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii severely restrict the use of credit reports and many other states are considering similar laws. Several states and municipalities have also enacted “Ban the Box” legislation that precludes employers from asking about convictions on an employment application.

Controversy also surrounds social networking. While employers use Twitter and Facebook to influence hiring decisions, many sites have no verification process and companies risk violating Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations and EEOC guidelines. While these laws shouldn’t dissuade companies from using background checks, they underscore the need for employers to be constantly vigilant in their compliance measures.

We hope to see you there.

For more information, please visit Florida State HR Conference website

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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