Employers need to be aware of the fine line between due diligence and discrimination, and how following some basic guidelines when conducting criminal background checks can keep the workplace safe and the employer out of court.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) June 02, 2011
OPENonline, a leading provider of employment screening and background checks that is accredited by the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council, will host a complimentary webinar for HR professionals regarding the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. The HRCI-approved webinar, “Criminal Records, Ban the Box, Title VII & Hiring,” will take place June 7 at 2:00pm EST and will be led by Angela Bosworth, J.D. and Executive Vice President of OPENonline.
15 million Americans are unemployed. Only 2.8 million jobs are up for grabs. Most professionals in the HR field have heard the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it only takes moments to do the math. But what many HR professionals may not have realized yet is the affect their hiring practices could have on potential applicants in the current economic climate. And what employers don’t know could come back to haunt them – not to mention, land the organization in court facing huge legal consequences for discrimination, disparate impact and more.
This month’s OPENonline webinar will focus on the current economic landscape and how it has changed the way recruiters and employers advertise job openings, screen incoming applicants, and make final hiring decisions. It will also look at the reasons rejected applicants have been filing a record number of complaints with the EEOC against employers, what all is included in Title VII, and how to avoid a visit from the EEOC. Attendees will learn about minimizing their risk of litigation through best practices, will closely examine Ban the Box legislation and how it affects employers, and will explore recent case law. Register now for the OPENonline webinar.
“Today’s economic climate is one of uncertainty. There are too many job seekers with too few available positions, creating an environment of desperation,” said Angela Bosworth, attorney at law and OPENonline EVP. “Discrimination and disparate impact claims are at an all-time high, and the use of criminal records for hiring purposes is coming under the spotlight. Employers need to be aware of the fine line between due diligence and discrimination, and how following some basic guidelines when conducting criminal background checks can keep the workplace safe and the employer out of court.”
Angela Bosworth brings over twenty years as a licensed attorney and over ten years of experience in the background screening industry to her position at OPENonline. Her extensive experience includes employment law, governmental affairs, compliance best practices, and policy initiatives. She is a frequent speaker on issues involving employment law, Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance, Title VII, privacy, social media in the workplace, and many of the legal challenges that employers face in hiring employees and maintaining a safe and productive workplace. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), ASIS International, and the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations.
Accredited by the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council, OPENonline is a leading provider of background checks and employment screening solutions. OPENonline offers a broad range of employment screening, drug screening and employment eligibility verification services, including SelectHire®, a one stop solution for employment screening. The company is dedicated to helping customers save time and money by providing background information that is current, accurate and compliant with exceptional customer service. For more information, visit http://www.OPENonline.com or call 1-800-935-6736. Follow us on Twitter: @BackgroundPros