Lawfully Managing Background Checks for Employees in Higher Education: Special Requirements and Recent Developments for Colleges and Universities

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DL Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, human resource directors, and university legal counsel
Best For: Higher Education

Incidents of violence on college and university campuses have heightened the need for increased safety measures on these campuses. One safety measure often utilized is to conduct background checks of each employee hired within the college or university. However, college and university officials must be aware of the legal implications associated with background checks, particularly when the official wishes to deny employment to an applicant who has a criminal arrest or conviction. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have cautioned employers from having policies or practices that screen individuals based on criminal records, because such screening may amount to disparate impact discrimination. Thus, colleges and universities need to be cognizant of the proper steps to take when conducting and making decisions based on background checks.

Please join Richard Verstegen for this discussion regarding managing background checks of employees, including contacting past employers and reviewing social media accounts of the applicant.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand the best practices for notifying applicants that you will be conducting background checks and requesting information on applications.
  • Learn about the EEOC guidance regarding policies and practices involving making decisions on employment based on criminal records.
  • Review various laws that may impact the conducting of background checks, including “ban-the-box” laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various discrimination laws.
  • Update your understanding of issues related to social media accounts of applicants.
  • Understand the best practices of contacting former employers about applicants.


Your conference leader for “Lawfully Managing Background Checks for Employees in Higher Education: Special Requirements and Recent Developments for Colleges and Universities” is Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick’s practice focuses in all areas of education law, including constitutional law, civil rights, student issues, privacy and technology issues, student safety, and many other issues. He advises and represents K-12 and higher education institutions on these matters, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and policies, and provides other legal services. Rick also has extensive experience on matters involving labor relations, employment law, contracts, handbooks, anti-discrimination law, workplace bullying and harassment, wage and hour laws, hiring, background checks, drug testing, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, and workplace investigations. He also represents these institutions at hearings before state and federal agencies and state courts, including wage claims, unemployment hearings, collection matters, and discrimination complaints. Rick has published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the President of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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