My Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?

SHRM 2015 Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session provides legal guidance and best practice tips for hiring managers and recruiters when your candidate has a criminal record.
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You think you've finally found the perfect candidate, but then you find out that he/she has a criminal record. Maybe your candidate fessed up on a job application or in an interview. Or the background check came back with a rap sheet as long as your arm. Or maybe you saw something on his/her Twitter account that gives you pause. Now what? This session looks at the possible things that can go wrong with a candidate's background, and helps you navigate the legal landscape of what to do next. This session will help you:

  • Identify the types of information that could potentially disqualify a candidate, like social media posts, interview information or criminal convictions.
  • Understand the key legal issues at stake when dealing with negative information in a background check, including EEOC guidance, the FCRA, privacy laws, Ban the Box, as well as state and local laws.
  • Identify the best legal practices for dealing with your candidate's criminal information or other negative information, with a focus on avoiding the risk of litigation and maintaining a positive candidate experience.
  • Determine practical tips for policies and guidelines to protect you throughout the recruiting process.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Angela Preston


Angela has broad industry experience including more than 20 years as a licensed attorney and over 10 years in the background screening area. She has extensive expertise in employment law, government affairs, compliance best practices and policy initiatives. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), is a member of the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC), and is actively involved in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals. Preston, a frequent speaker and educator to the industry, is also a member of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations.

Angela has direct oversight and management of compliance programs, and will provide guidance in complex legal matters including state and federal legislation, EEO law, client education, adjudication, pre/adverse action process, NAPBS Accreditation and client and vendor contract management. Angela’s participation on the leadership team allows the organization to expand on its commitment to best practices and provides a greater level of legal expertise to the company, clients and business partners.

Harbor Ballroom C
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Critical Evaluation
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