Background Checks – Criminal, Credit and Social Media

2014 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
Workplace Application: Explore the use of background checks in the hiring process with a focus on how to ensure the check is legal and in compliance with EEOC guidelines.

Remember that particularly problematic employee you hired? You thought, well, how could I have known the situation would be that bad? Simple answer — background checks. Part of making the decision about who is the best applicant to hire for a position should be ensuring that this person has not engaged in any kind of conduct that reasonably disqualifies them from employment. Discuss the hiring process with special attention on how to legally conduct background checks, what information can be considered and the common mistakes made by employers throughout the process. Special attention will be paid to the EEOC’s recent guidance on the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process.  


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm

Michael S. Cohen, J.D.

Michael S.
Cohen, J.D.

Michael S. Cohen is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; and others. He has conducted nearly 300 trainings in each of the past two years. Michael also has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings. Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today,, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, and many other publications. Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Congressional A
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
Critical Evaluation
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