Criminal Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know to Avoid the Wrath of the EEOC

Tampa, FL March 21, 2014 – Nearly two years after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its new enforcement guidance on employers’ use of criminal records in employment decisions, many employers still are in a state of confusion over how to be in compliance with the often perplexing and unclear language contained in the EEOC’s enforcement guidance that was issued on April 25, 2012.

To alleviate confusion, Kevin Connell, CEO of, a provider of employee screening services, will present a complimentary webinar titled, “Criminal Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know to Avoid the Wrath of the EEOC” on March 27 at 2:00 pm Eastern. The presentation has been submitted to the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and is pending approval for HRCI credits.

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“Given the EEOC’s current litigious streak, human resource managers and business owners must be more mindful of their criminal background check policies and procedures in both the pre and post-employment stages of the hiring cycle.” Connell said.

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

“We want to make sure that companies are hiring qualified, safe and productive employees,” Connell said. “At the same time, we know that when companies perform criminal background checks, Hiring Managers must be aware that the EEOC will be continuing to scrutinize companies hiring policies and procedures. The EEOC has deep pockets and they are ready, willing and able to engage in a lawsuit with any company they deem not following the EEOC’s guidance. Many of the EEOC’s lawsuits can last for years, not only do employers need to know that fact, but also need to realize that the EEOC is still looking for their first victory in the courts.”

“It is my objective to help companies sift through the maze contained in the EEOC’s recent guidance document, and the best way to help is by giving them the best practices that they can implement to avoid any compliance issues with the EEOC. I’m looking forward to helping recruiters, human resource professionals and business owners feel more confident and secure in conducting criminal background checks, without any fear of the EEOC dropping the hammer on them.”

In his 25-plus years of experience in the business world, Connell has seen major changes in the hiring process and has collected a large portfolio of best practices, tips and insider secrets to performing simple, effective and compliant criminal background checks. His presentation will show attendees the pitfalls of failing to complete a thorough criminal background check through a reliable employment screening service. All webinar attendees will receive a free guide, “Criminal Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know.”

“Effective employment screening is often one of the best tools any company can put to use, as it results in higher quality, more productive and more loyal employees,” Connell stated. “We want to show hiring managers how to go about this important step properly, compliantly and in such a way that the applicant fully understands the entire process, and so that you can appropriately utilize the information collected.”

Those interested in attending this complimentary webinar can register online at:

About Kevin Connell:
Kevin G. Connell is a renowned professional background screening expert. He is recognized for his expertise on employment background screening, criminal record checks, and occupational fraud. Connell has spoken at numerous business, security & 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 ABC-TV “Money Matters” and the Fox News Channel, Connell is also a founding Director of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

Since 1994, has been an industry pioneer, leader and expert in employment background screening, specializing in criminal background checks. Its reports are delivered to companies across the world with turnaround from instant to 72 hours.

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