Webinars at No-Cost Are Offered to Help Educate Employers on Conducting Legal and Effective Background Checks

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Imperative Information Group’s free HRCI pre-approved webinar series are approved for one hour of general recertification credit through the HR Certification Institute.

Imperative Information Group will continue to offer free HRCI-approved webinars through the fall and winter. These webinars are 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 and founder of Imperative Information Group. Mike is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, past president of the Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association, and several other SHRM-related organizations. An HRCI-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), he is also a board member of the Texas Association of Business.

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

The series includes six webinars:

August 27: 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.

September 24: 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.

October 29: 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.

November 18: Outside the Box: Developing a Legally Compliant and Effective Criminal History Inquiry: Nationwide, the “ban the box” movement is limiting when and what employers can ask applicants about their criminal history. Federal agencies like the EEOC, state legislatures, and even municipalities have weighed in on this topic, leaving employers in a quandary as to how to make an informed hiring decision without running afoul of myriad laws. In this one-hour presentation, he will examine the issues surrounding “ban the box” and potential responses from employers.

December 16: 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, he 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.

January 28, 2015: 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.

Imperative Information Group is a Fort Worth, Texas based employment background screening firm serving small and medium-sized employers in a variety of industries.

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