Six Part Webinar Series on Effective and Compliant Background Check Processes Provides Valuable Information for Employers

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Imperative Information Group’s free HRCI pre-approved webinar series is now available for registration through July of 2015. This webinar series is a continued and growing series that will guide employers and HR professionals on conducting legal and effective background investigations.

Imperative Information Group continues it's free HRCI approved webinar series. All webinars are presented by Mike Coffey, SPHR. Register today!

Imperative Information Group continues it's free HRCI approved webinar series. All webinars are presented by Mike Coffey, SPHR. Register today!

Imperative Information Group continues to provide valuable content regarding background investigations by offering a series of free HRCI-approved webinars on a monthly basis. These webinars are designed to educate employers about the technical, legal, and policy issues surrounding employment-related background investigations. In addition to educating employers, Imperative Information Group is also an HRCI Approved Provider, which means that certified HR professionals can earn recertification credit for programs that meet HRCI’s requirements. All of the scheduled webinars are certified for one hour of HRCI credit.

Each webinar will be presented Mike Coffey. In 1999, he founded Imperative Information Group, a Fort Worth, Texas based employment background screening firm serving small and medium-sized employers in a variety of industries. Mike continues to serves as president of Imperative and is a HRCI-certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

HR professionals and business owners can register for each of these free webinars at

This year’s series includes six webinars:

February 25: The Business Case for Employment 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.

March 18: 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.

April 21: Background Screening Policy Considerations for Employers 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.

May 19: 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, we will examine the issues surrounding “ban the box” and potential responses from employers.

June 16: Creating a Criminal History 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.

July 21: 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 these webinars are also available on Imperative Information Group’s website.

About Mike Coffey and Imperative Information Group:

Mike Coffey regularly speaks to professional and community groups on a wide range of topics. Mike is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association, and several other SHRM-related organizations. Mike is also a Texas Association of Business board member as well as a district director of Texas SHRM. He is obsessive about helping employers make great hiring decisions and keeping criminals out of workplaces.

Imperative Information Group is one of three founding members of Concerned CRA’s, a group of more than 200 background screening companies raising awareness of consumer protection issues in employment background screening. For more information on about Imperative Information Group, please visit or contact Mike Coffey or Andrew Parsons at 877-473-2287.

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