EEOC Sets Time and Place for Hearing on Use of Criminal Records

By Michael Klazema on 7/21/2011


The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), of which we are a founding member, is preparing comments for submission to the EEOC on the relevance and benefits of employers’ access to criminal history records. NAPBS is also partnering with other associations and coalitions as we move toward the July meeting date.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:30 AM ET in the Commission Meeting Room on the First Floor of the EEOC Office Building, 131 M Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20507

The use of criminal records in employment screening will be the focus of this meeting. You have an important stake in what is being considered during the meeting, so we encourage you to add this date to your calendar and make plans to attend the hearing on July 26 if possible. The meeting will be open to the public, but it will not be webcast or televised. A transcript will be available after the meeting. If you belong to an industry association, we encourage you to check whether the association is aware of the meeting and is taking a stand.

We understand that the agenda will include the following three panels:

  • Panel 1 – Best Practices for Employers: Michael F. Curtin, CEO, DC Central Kitchen; Victoria Kane, Area Director, Labor Relations & Integration, Portfolio Hotels & Resorts; Robert Shriver, Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
  • Panel 2 – An Overview of Local, State and Federal Programs and Policies: Amy Solomon, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice; Professor Stephen Saltzburg, Criminal Justice Section Delegate and Past Chair, American Bar Association; Cornell Brooks, Executive Director, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
  • Panel 3 – Legal Standards Governing Employers’ Consideration of Criminal Arrest and Conviction Records: Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, Latino Justice; Barry Hartstein, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Adam Klein, Partner, Outten & Golden LLP.

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