Webinar Series Focuses on Effective and Compliant Background Check Processes

Imperative Information Group's free HRCI pre-approved webinar series will guide employers on conducting legal and effective background checks.

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With the amount of attention employers’ use of criminal records is getting from legislators, regulators, and plaintiff’s attorneys, employers can’t afford not to audit their process for compliance.

(PRWEB) February 07, 2014

Imperative Information Group is offering a series of free HRCI-approved webinars designed to educate employers about the technical, legal, and policy issues surrounding employment-related background investigations.

Each webinar will be presented by Mike Coffey, SPHR, president of Imperative Information Group.

HR professionals and business owners can register for each of the free webinars at http://www.imperativeinfo.com/presentation-calendar.

The series includes five webinars:

February 11: What Employers Need to Know about Criminal Background Checks: This presentation covers where the information comes from and what should be included in a good background check. It also covers employers’ legal responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and EEOC guidelines, both of which are covered more thoroughly in Background Checks Under Fire and The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s Requirements for Employers.

February 26: The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s Requirements for Employers: The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) covers all employment-related background checks purchased by employers. This webinar will cover employers' responsibilities under the FCRA, which is the hottest area of background check related litigation.

March 18: Background Screening Considerations to Avoid Discrimination Claims: The EEOC, state regulators, and community action groups have been closely scrutinizing how employees use history information. This presentation will walk employers through the process of preparing a background screening policy that helps ensure a safe and productive workforce while staying out of regulators and plaintiffs’ attorneys’ crosshairs.

April 15: Creating a Criminal Evaluation Tool: In order to effectively and consistently evaluate the criminal histories of prospective and current employees, it is important that employers consider which criminal offenses are relevant to specific jobs. Additionally, the age and frequency of offenses should also be considered when evaluating relevancy. In this webinar, we will walk through the process of developing a criminal history relevance matrix, an effective tool for documenting employers' policies with regard to the impact of individuals' criminal histories on their employment eligibility.

May 13: DOT Driver Qualifications and Background Checks: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations list a host of requirements for employers regulated by the federal Department of Transportation. In this presentation, Mike will discuss the FMCSR's requirements for the application and employment background check process.

Previews of many of the webinars are also available on Imperative Information Group’s website.

“We meet many employers who don’t understand their options when purchasing background investigations and often aren’t getting what they need from their background screening process. With the amount of attention employers’ use of criminal records is getting from legislators, regulators, and plaintiff’s attorneys, employers can’t afford not to audit their process for compliance, which is why Imperative is offering this free webinar series,” said Mike Coffey, SPHR, president of Imperative Information Group.

Imperative Information Group is a Fort Worth, Texas based employment background screening firm serving small and medium-sized employers in a variety of industries. Imperative’s president, Mike Coffey, SPHR, is past president of theFort Worth Human Resource Management Association and a district director for Texas SHRM. He regularly presents to SHRM chapter conferences and HR Southwest.


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