CEO Reveals What Employers Need to Know When Conducting Criminal Background Checks to Avoid the Wrath of the EEOC

Tampa, FL April 27, 2015 – Kevin Connell, CEO of, will be speaking about what all employers should know regarding the EEOC’s guidelines referring to criminal records when making employment decisions at the SHRM Jacksonsville 7th Annual Conference & Expo on April 27-28, 2015 at the University of North Florida – University Center.

Connell will be discussing ‘Criminal Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know to Avoid the Wrath of the EEOC’ slated to be presented on Tuesday April 28th at 9:45 am.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidelines on employers’ use of criminal records in employment decisions in April of 2012. Yet, many employers are in a state of confusion over how comply with the often perplexing and unclear language contained in the 52-page document.

“Even with the EEOC’s current litigious losing streak, human resource managers and other business professionals must be mindful of their criminal background check policies and procedures. The EEOC has deep pockets and will continue to pursue companies with investigations and lawsuits” Connell said.

During the presentation, Connell will review key learnings and takeaways from the following high-profile cases that the EEOC has recently lost:

1.) EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., case No. 11-2582
2.) EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education, case No. 13-3408
3.) EEOC v. Freeman, case No. 13-2365

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About Kevin Connell
Kevin Connell is the CEO and Founder of, a global background screening firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida. He served as Director on the first Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Mr. Connell is recognized for his expertise on employee screening, criminal background checks, advanced internet research and open source intelligence. He has provided research and testimony as an expert witness in court cases. He was on the adjunct faculty of the University of South Florida for over a decade. He has spoken at numerous business, security and human resources conferences, including twice providing testimony before the Florida Supreme Court. He is widely quoted, is a published author, and has been featured on television, including Fox News and ABC News. Connell’s business experience spans over a quarter of a century.

Established in 1994, has been an industry pioneer and leader in employment background screening, specializing in criminal background checks. Its reports are delivered to companies across the world accurately and quickly with turnaround times from instantly to 72 hours.

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