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What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks

  • March 05, 2014
  • 11:30 AM
  • Cacharel Restaurant 2221 E Lamar Blvd (9th Floor), Arlington, TX 76006


Most employers recognize the need to conduct a background check on the prospective or even current employees but many are confused by the myriad products available to them and their legal compliance requirements. With increased focus on background checks issues from the EEOC and the plaintiffs’ attorneys, HR professionals need to understand what information to request from their background screening partner and how to use it legally.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following objectives upon completion of this activity:

· The case for background screening - employers are responsible for the actions of their employees. Their liability can be mitigated if they’ve taken reasonable procedures to screen employees before hiring them.

· Strengths and weaknesses of criminal background screening tools

o    Identity research

o    "National" criminal records databases

o    State criminal records repositories

o    County criminal records

 · Verification of credentials and work history

o    Going beyond name, rank and serial number

o    The "mitigation" questions

o    Employer protections

 · The Fair Credit Reporting Act

· Title VII and EEOC Scrutiny of Background Checks

· State Law Considerations

· Identity Theft in Criminal Records

This program has been previously presented as an HRCI approved provider presentation.

About the Speaker: Mike Coffey, SPHR

Mike Coffey is president of Imperative Information Group, an employment background investigations firm based in Fort Worth, Texas. Mike is an HR professional with experience in aerospace, healthcare, and the service industry. Mike maintains his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) through the Human Resources Certification Institute. Mike is Past-President of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association and a District Director for Texas SHRM. He is also a board member for the Texas Association of Business and a past director for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and three sons.



This program is pending approval for 1.00 recertification credit toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Institute (HRCI).  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI homepage at .


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