The Role of Criminal Records in Hiring: Easy Access, Difficult Decisions — December 2012

December 11, 2012

Please join Morgan Lewis and Cabrini Green Legal Aid for a critically important training program.

Tuesday, December 11
8:30 am | continental breakfast
9-11am | training program

Morgan Lewis
77 W. Wacker Drive
51st Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Who should attend?

  • Human resource professionals
  • In-house legal teams
  • Managers and supervisors

With a reported one in three Americans having been arrested by age 23, many job applicants have a criminal background that employers need to consider when making hiring decisions. Criminal background checks are widely used to screen applicants, and access to criminal records can be as easy as one click on the computer. But, that access comes with multiple laws and regulations - at the state and federal levels - that can subject employers to liability.

With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent guidelines on the use of criminal records, employers need to make balanced decisions to avoid liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Illinois law both prohibits the use of certain records in employment decisions under the Illinois Human Rights Act and prescribes procedures to reduce or eliminate the legal effect of criminal records.

Training highlights will include:

  • Understanding the consequences and liabilities for 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

This employer training is provided compliments of Morgan Lewis and Cabrini Green Legal Aid. There is no fee to attend. Space is limited.

CLE Credit:
CLE credit in IL has been approved for 1.5 hours.