Dec 15, 2015Seminar

Background Checks: The Pros and Cons of Doing Something (or Nothing)

2015 Chicago Labor and Employment Relations Breakfast Briefing

Many employers conduct background checks—including checks on criminal records and credit history—on applicants and current employees when making hiring, promotion or retention decisions. Along with ensuring job qualifications, the use of background checks can help protect an employer against liability for negligent hiring, supervision or retention. However, background check policies, practices and procedures may also expose an employer to liability. This can happen if the use of the background check results in a disparate impact upon identifiable groups of applicants or employees or if the employer fails to comply with the technical requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). 

In this seminar, Michael Best attorneys Ben Johnson and Eric Rumbaugh will explore the current status of the law regarding negligent hiring and supervision, background checks and liability based upon disparate impact upon particular groups, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) stated interest in heightened enforcement in this area, best practices for any employer to reduce liability risk for disparate impact while meeting its obligation to appropriately screen applicants and employees and review the requirements of the FCRA in order to obtain a background check in the first place.

Check-in, Networking & Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

There is no cost to attend this seminar, but space is limited. We will apply for PHR/SPHR and CLE credit in IL, WI and UT (if applicable).

For more information, please contact Gabrielle Ganz at 414.277.3459.

Chicago Office Boardroom 
Two Prudential Plaza 
180 North Stetson Avenue 
Suite 2000 
Chicago, IL 60601

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