8/27/2012 Florida State HR Conference and Expo (Speaking Engagement)

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EmployeeScreenIQ’s Jason B. Morris will be speaking at the 2012 Florida State HR Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm est.

An Expert’s Guide to Navigating the Minefield of Recruiting and Employment Screening Laws

Background screening plays a critical role in helping reduce costly hiring mistakes. However, 2011-2012 is shaping up to become 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. In 2010, the EEOC reported the highest number of discrimination charge filings in the agency’s 45-year history. They have set their sights on companies who use credit reports and those that rely on arrest records. Further, many states have introduced laws that interfere with the background check process. Maryland, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii severely restrict the use of credit reports and 16 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.

EmployeeScreenIQ president and co-founder Jason B. Morris will examine the legal risks that face employers and teach attendees how to navigate them. The presentation focuses on three key learning objectives: understand and anticipate EEOC scrutiny on criminal checks and credit reports, understand the risks and benefits of using social networking sites for recruiting and screening, know the effects of “Ban the Box” and “Medical Marijuana” laws.

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