Background Screening Expert Jason B. Morris Presents Roadmap to Legal Landscape at Arizona State SHRM Conference in Phoenix on August 30

EmployeeScreenIQ ( president and chief operating officer, Jason B. Morris will present, “An Expert’s Guide to Navigating the Minefield of Recruiting and Employment Screening Laws,” at the 2012 Arizona State SHRM Conference in Chandler, AZ on Thursday, August 30, 2012. The HR community will learn how these laws affect their use of background checks, how to understand and anticipate government scrutiny of criminal checks and credit reports, the risks and benefits of using social networking for recruiting and screening, and the effects of “Ban the Box” legislation. Morris’ presentation is slated for 4:45 p.m. PST at the host hotel and conference center, the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa.

Background screening plays a critical role in helping reduce costly hiring mistakes. However, 2012 has been a year of litigation and legislation that threatens employers with a rising tide of legal dangers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has intensified its scrutiny of hiring practices, exposing employers to a greater risk of discrimination lawsuits and it recently released new guidance on the use of criminal background checks. And since 2010, it has filed more discrimination charges than in the agency’s 47 year history.

The EEOC has set its sights on companies who use credit reports and those that rely on arrest records and/or convictions which the agency believes are irrelevant to employment. Further, many states have introduced laws that interfere with the background check process. Maryland, Connecticut, California, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii severely restrict the use of credit reports and many other states are considering similar laws. Several states and municipalities have also enacted “Ban the Box” legislation that precludes employers from asking about convictions on an employment application.

Controversy also surrounds social networking. While employers use Twitter and Facebook to influence hiring decisions, many sites have no verification process and companies risk violating Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations and EEOC guidelines. While these laws shouldn’t dissuade companies from using background checks, they underscore the need for employers to be constantly vigilant in their compliance measures.

For more information, please visit Arizona State SHRM website

About EmployeeScreenIQ:
Founded in 1999, EmployeeScreenIQ is a Cleveland, Ohio-based employment screening company offering a variety of employment screening services to mid- and large-cap organizations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe and East Asia. EmployeeScreenIQ is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of all employment screening companies. For more information, visit