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    Background Screening: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Organization

    Date: April 12, 2017, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    See below for prices
    Event Type:
    Chapter Luncheon/Speaker/Meeting
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    Background Screening:
    What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Organization

    This session will teach you critical background screening compliance law with a focus on what screening firms don't necessarily want you to know. 

    In today's litigious environment, performing background checks is more important than ever. But not understanding what makes a background check comprehensive and compliant can render them useless—and dangerous. Your challenge has been to understand the ever-changing regulations regarding the use of criminal records with no education provided about background screening. This session will cover reports, data accuracy and sources, adverse action, and many hot legal compliance issues—it is a must-attend for all talent management and compliance professionals.

    You will learn:

    • The real reasons an organization should perform employee background checks and the components of a truly comprehensive background check—what you need and what you don't (this covers negligent hiring liability). 
    • How to avoid common compliance problems and what the hot areas are for litigation, including applicant authorization forms, adverse action, and what charges you can consider and for how long—to include state and federal regulations. 
    • Where criminal records come from, what constitutes “good data,” and the differences in manual county searches vs. online searches, as well as the dangers that instant data pose. 
    • About “order review” (and why it's important), fingerprinting (and why it's not), credit reports (can I run them?), and state and federal searches.

    About the Presenter:  Debra Keller, FCRA Advanced Certified, Vice president of Operations, Reference Services, Inc

    Debra Keller is VP of Operations at Reference Services, Inc. (RSI), one of only 73 background screening firms in the entire U.S. (out of 2000) to be nationally accredited. Deb is a national authority on background screening, regulatory compliance, the FCRA, the use of criminal records in the employment process and the EEOC ‘New’ Guidance of 2012. She’s a frequent speaker at HR conferences across the country and has published background screening articles in several trade publications.

    Deb is also one of only 77 people in the U.S. to hold the FCRA Advanced Certification credential, which designates an advanced expertise in the FCRA & background screening. It’s equivalent to passing the bar for her industry. Deb leads an internal team of background screening professionals, as well as a national sales team. She and her firm care for clients in all industries, of all sizes, in all 50 states & internationally.

    Please register by 5:00pm, April 10th

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    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

    We offer the option to pre-pay, using Eventbrite.  You will not be charged anything additional to pre-pay using your credit card - just click on the link on the registration confirmation page (after you register) and you will go to the payment pay on Eventbrite.

    If you are not able to or do not want to pre-pay, we accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card and must be paid at the time of check-in at the event. See cancellation policy below.

            *Mt. Baker SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is pending approval for 1 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

    For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

    *This program is pending approval for 1 General HRCI credit

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

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

    To Cancel an Existing Reservation send the names of the attendees and the date of the event you cannot attend to

    The legal information provided by speakers at our monthly meetings is a service to our members, their guests and other attendees. It is intended to be a source of general information, not opinion or legal advice on any specific situation and does not create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. If you would like more information about any of the legal topics, you are urged to consult with an attorney who is experienced in the particular area of interest. If you need assistance with human resource or labor relations functions, we may be able to refer you to an experienced consultant.