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The Role of Criminal Records in Hiring:

Easy Access, Difficult Decisions

With a reported one in three Americans having been arrested by age 23, many job applicants have a criminal background. Employers have the difficult task of deciding what effect, if any, applicants’ criminal histories will have on their hiring decisions. Employers are increasingly turning to criminal background checks to screen applicants, and access to criminal records can be as easy as one click on the computer. However, this access comes with responsibility and potential liability.

Laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal levels govern an employer’s use of an applicant’s criminal history information. With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent guidelines on the use of criminal records, the time is ripe for employers to reassess their policies and learn how to reduce the risk of liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Illinois law.


Tuesday, August 25
8:30 am | Breakfast
9–11 am | Program

Morgan Lewis
77 W. Wacker Drive
51st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Morgan Lewis is providing this training on a pro bono basis in conjunction with CGLA, Thrive Network and Safer Foundation in support of criminal records programming.

Please contact
David Gianfrancesco at
+1.312.922.8486 or david.gianfrancesco@

Training highlights will include:
  • Understanding the consequences and potential liabilities involved with obtaining criminal background information
  • Identifying red flags for violations of Illinois and federal law
  • Recognizing and understanding relevant factors when evaluating conviction information
  • Developing a criminal records hiring policy that is legally compliant and socially responsible
Who should attend?
  • Human resource professionals
  • In-house legal teams
  • Managers and supervisors

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