Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Key Issues for North America Employers

Date(s) of Presentation
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Program Description

Businesses face complex federal and local requirements with respect to the hiring and onboarding process. This webinar focuses on the Fair Credit Reporting Act as it relates to background checks, use of a background screening company, and limitations on what background information employers may seek and then use to make employment decisions under relevant laws. Legal experts from both the U.S. and Canada will provide insight and guidance on:

  • An employer’s background screening responsibilities, and the pros and cons of using an outside screening company
  • Mitigating the risks of non-compliance with FCRA and various “ban the box” legislative initiatives
  • Emerging trends and selected topics in state laws impacting an employer’s ability to use credit history for purposes of employment related background checks
  • The EEOC’s enforcement activity related to the use of criminal history records for employment-related background checks, including ongoing enforcement actions pending against BMW and Dollar General
  • Key issues facing Canadian employers relating to background checks and critical differences among employer obligations and employee rights across the border


  • Henry M. Perlowski, Moderator, Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta, GA
  • Erin Kuzz, Sherrard Kuzz, Toronto, Ontario
  • Montserrat C. Miller, Arnall Golden Gregory, Washington, DC
  • Jeffrey S. Siegel, Morgan, Brown & Joy, Boston, MA
  • Mary Ellen Simonson, Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Phoenix, AZ