In this practical webinar, you will learn how the usage of criminal records by employers during the hiring process has become a hot-button issue. On one hand, employers are concerned about negligent hiring and workplace safety, as they can be sued if they hire a worker with an unsuitable criminal record that causes harm. However, society also want to ensure that ex-offenders have a “second chance” to obtain employment and become law-abiding citizens. In addition, with historically low unemployment rates combined with an aging workforce, ex-offenders represent a source of potential workers that many employers cannot afford to overlook.
Employers must not only follow the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance of 2012 when performing background checks, but also must comply with a host of state laws that impact background checks and the usage of criminal records. Not only have numerous states mandated a “Fair Chance” hiring process, but many employers across the country have endorsed second chance programs for ex-offenders.
In this interactive program, you will receive tools to navigate the tricky waters for the fair and proper use of criminal records as an employer.
Upon course completion, you will be able to:
- Recognize why employers are concerned with criminal records
- Determine how criminal records can be obtained, interpreted, and used legally and fairly
- Identify laws impacting the use of criminal records, such as statewide and local “Ban the Box” and “Fair Chance” hiring laws
- Analyze the impact of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance in considering criminal records
- Describe how the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as state laws regulate how criminal records are obtained and used