EEOC's Former Legal Counsel and AccuScreen's CEO to speak at the 2014 HR Florida Conference & Expo

Tampa, FL May 31, 2014 – Kevin Connell, CEO of will be speaking about Criminal Background Checks and how to “Avoid the Wrath of the EEOC: Insider Secrets Revealed by Former EEOC Legal Counsel.”

Connell will be co-presenting with Reed Russell, former Legal Counsel for the EEOC. Russell currently practices law at Phelps Dunbar LLP in Tampa, FL, focusing on labor and employment law.

This program is an advanced level concurrent session that will be presented at the 2014 HR Florida Conference & Exposition on October 7 at 7:00 am at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL.

Two years have passed since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidance on employers’ use of criminal records in employment decisions, and still many employers are in a state of confusion over how to be in compliance with the often perplexing and unclear language contained in the EEOC’s 52-page guidance document.

“Against the backdrop of recent litigation initiated by the EEOC over criminal background checks, human resource managers must be mindful of their criminal background check policies and procedures. Having the EEOC’s former Legal Counsel to provide critical legal insights should prove extremely beneficial to this year’s conference attendees,” Connell said.

2014 HR Florida Conference & Expo Program Grid

The HR Florida Conference & Expo is the annual conference of the HR Florida State Council, a state affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Each year the event attracts over 1500 human resource professionals throughout the state of Florida and across the nation. These individuals represent virtually every industry and companies ranging from small businesses to large industrial centers. Programs presented at the annual conference cover all aspects of the SHRM Body of Knowledge.

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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 20 years ago 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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