Criminal Records: What To Do When Your Applicant Has One

Thursday 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Session Description

Roughly 25% of the US adult population has a criminal record. Applicants with a criminal history are still afforded certain rights under anti-discrimination laws, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Title VII and many more. Making a hasty decision to remove someone with a criminal record from the applicant pool can result in costly lawsuits that put your employment screening process under the microscope. In fact, it is the most common source of litigation in the employment screening process. This presentation provides step-by-step guidance to ensure you follow all necessary regulations when deciding how to proceed when an applicant has a criminal record.

Learning Objectives

  1. FCRA guidelines for employment screening
  2. EEOC guidance for criminal arrest and conviction records
  3. Best practice tips and policy considerations
  4. Document retention requirements
  5. State-specific disclosure requirements


Darren Dupriest

Darren Dupriest is the president and owner of Validity Screening Solutions, a technology enterprise specializing in employment screening solutions. He is one of the founding members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and is a frequent speaker at State and Local SHRM events. Darren has also served as an expert witness and commentator for news media in Kansas and Missouri.