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    MT Baker SHRM Presents "Background Screening: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Organization"

    Date: April 12, 2017, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    Mt Baker SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    April 2017: 

    Background Screening: 

    What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Organization

    Presented By: Debra Keller



    Program Details:

    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.

    April 12, 2017

    11:45am - 1:30pm

    Lunch will be served at 11:45am, program begins approx 12:00pm

    Northwood Hall

    3240 Northwest Avenue

    Bellingham, WA 98226



    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 click here to read Deb's full bio


    Register Today!

    Please register by 5pm on April 10th

    You can pre-pay for this event at no additional cost to you! Register on the Mt Baker SHRM website and then click the pre-pay button on your registration confirmation page.  You will be redirected to Eventbrite, where you can pre-pay via credit card for the program.

    The registration page will close after 5pm on 

    April 10th in order to gather an accurate headcount for the luncheon.

    Click Here to Register