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Employers Breakfast Briefing: The Use (or Misuse) of Credit Reports and Criminal History in Making Employment Decisions

April 28, 2011

Employers routinely conduct criminal background investigations and obtain credit reports on prospective or current employees for the purpose of evaluating an individual’s suitability for employment.  Although this practice has been subject to regulation for years, it has recently come under heightened scrutiny.  Many unwitting employers may not be aware of the limitations on the use of this information or the mandated notices that must be provided before using the information in connection with an employment decision.  The EEOC recently commenced a lawsuit alleging that the use of credit reports in employment decisions has a disparate impact on minority applicants and employees.  In addition, Congress and several other states, including New Jersey, have proposed legislation that would prohibit employers from relying upon credit reports when making employment decisions in most instances.

During this complimentary, interactive program, we will explore the following topics:

  • the present legal parameters of relying upon criminal history and credit reports in making employment decisions;
  • the proposed federal and state legislation dealing with credit reports; and
  • best practices for employers who utilize criminal history and credit reports in evaluating their prospective and current employees For hire or promotion.  

Catherine P. Wells, Member, Employment Law Group, Wolff & Samson PC
Peggy O’Rourke Wood, Member, Employment Law Group, Wolff & Samson PC
Denise J. Pipersburgh, Associate, Employment Law Group, Wolff & Samson PC

April 28, 2011

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (Registration and breakfast)
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (Interactive presentation)

Wolff & Samson PC, One Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052 

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and 0 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law and/or matrimonial law.  

For More Information, Contact:

Mary Che
(973) 530-2165