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Avoiding Legal Risks When Conducting Background Checks - On-Demand

Avoiding Legal Risks When Conducting Background Checks - On-Demand

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Avoiding Legal Risks When Conducting Background Checks - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: In this webinar, you will learn about the importance of background checks and the various risks an employer may face by failing to conduct appropriate diligence with respect to potential hires.

Background checks are a critical element in the hiring process for employers that want to verify information provided by job applicants. But there are also legal risks to conducting background checks, particularly for multistate employers. Some states and cities restrict inquiries related to an applicant’s salary history, criminal record, and credit history. It can be difficult for employers to know how to obtain important information about an applicant while navigating applicable laws and minimizing legal risks.

It also can be challenging to determine what kind of background information to look for and when certain inquiries are permitted during the hiring process. For example, at what point in the hiring process should employers conduct a background check? And when is it okay to use social media or do online research to evaluate applicants? What are the risks in doing so? Employers need to understand how to avoid the legal risks involved in conducting background checks while obtaining the information they need to ensure good, safe hires, and minimize liability.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Know which laws to be aware of in connection with conducting background checks during the hiring process.
  • Know how and when to conduct background checks during the hiring process, as well as during the employment relationship.
  • Know the limitations of conducting online research on an applicant.
  • Understand best practices for conducting legally compliant background checks.

About Your Presenter

Jonathan E. O'ConnellJonathan E. O'Connell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Jon has nearly 15 years of experience representing management clients in a wide range of human resources and personnel-related matters, including termination, performance, and disciplinary issues, as well as wage and hour compliance, and ADAA and FMLA compliance. Throughout his career, he has regularly prepared, developed, and revised employee handbooks and personnel policies on behalf of employers. Mr. O'Connell has significant litigation experience in both federal and state courts, as well as first-chair arbitration experience, which he draws upon to provide effective counseling advice.

He opened O’Connell Law, PLLC in 2017 to provide small and medium sized management clients with an economic alternative relating to their day-to-day human resources-related legal counseling needs. He is licensed in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Florida. 

In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children, exploring the many great activities the northern Virginia area has to offer.