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Don't Risk Costly Mistakes with Background Checks

Many employers use criminal background checks to screen job applicants or employees applying for promotions. While considering criminal conviction records can benefit a company, it can also cause harm if the use of criminal conviction information does not comply with the law. The recent uptick in litigation, penalties and settlements in this area suggests that most employers are not compliant. This webinar will help you navigate the state and federal law requirements when considering criminal conviction records or using third party background checks. It will also provide best practice tips that can help your company avoid costly litigation and tighten your hiring processes.

Risks Associated with Criminal Conviction Records in Employment Webinar

Join Harter Secrest & Emery attorneys Amy L. Hemenway, Iskra M. Bonanno and Anna S.M. McCarthy to learn how to:

  • Navigate the state and federal legal requirements when using a third party to conduct background checks
  • Use criminal conviction record information in a legally compliant manner
  • Apply best practices in hiring and record review to help you avoid costly litigation

For purposes of New York State Mandatory CLE requirements, this session will be eligible for at least 1.0 credit hour in the Areas of Professional Practice category and is designated as transitional and non-transitional.

Webinar details:

Date: August 15, 2017 at 10:00 am ET

Duration: 1 hour

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About our presenters: 

Amy L. Hemenway 

Hemenway Amy 2012 082 HSE Buff 158WebReady

Amy represents non-union and union employers and management in all aspects of employment and labor law, including developing and administering workplace policies, providing advice regarding discrimination and harassment, ensuring compliance with wage and hour laws, managing leaves of absence and requests for accommodation, implementing discipline and termination decisions, and conducting workplace investigations. In addition, Amy represents clients in civil litigation in federal and state courts, as well as with respect to administrative proceedings and audits before federal and state agencies.

Iskra M. Bonnano 

Bonanno Miralem Iskra 2012 063 HSE Roc 2162WebReady

As a labor and employment attorney, Iskra focuses her practice on counseling and representing public and private sector employers in developing effective employment policies and ensuring compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws. She also defends national and regional employers charged with discrimination and/or harassment because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected class status.


Anna S.M. McCarthy 

McCarthy Anna 2015 058 HSE Buff 0956WebReady

As an attorney with a focus in civil litigation, Anna represents clients that are involved in business-related disputes, including breaches of contract and issues of premises liability. In addition, she advises clients in the development of employee policies, wage and hour issues, discipline and termination decisions, discrimination and harassment claims, development of clients’ affirmative action programs and in ensuring compliance with employment-related federal and state regulations.

Stay Compliant with Our Proven Process 

The laws regulating how employers use criminal conviction information are complicated, overlapping and can be confusing. We have created tools and processes to help clients legally and efficiently consider criminal conviction information for employment purposes.

Our team has developed state and federal law compliant programs designed to complement corporate culture, recruitment goals and standards. We offer clients a variety of packages that leverage our experiences to prevent costly employment discrimination errors and FCRA violations. Contact a Labor and Employment team member for more information or download this fact sheet