On July 16, 2014 representatives from three federal agencies will provide their perspective on current policies and best practices to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with past criminal arrests or convictions.   Although the webinar is targeted toward federal contracting officials, it is well worth your time if you are engaged in background screening operations to hear the federal government’s perspective on the use of criminal history records for employment purposes in this context.  Below is the webcast announcement from the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

In support of President Obama’s efforts to strengthen the economy and get more Americans back to work, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are working together to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with past criminal arrests or convictions. To learn more about these efforts, we invite you to attend a webinar entitled:

Engaging Federal ContractorsUnderstanding the Current Policies and Best Practices to Reduce Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Past Criminal Arrests or Convictions”

Representatives from DOL, OPM and the EEOC will host this joint webinar for federal contracting officials to ensure familiarity with the rules and best practices regarding nondiscrimination and the appropriate use of criminal background checks to screen applicants for employment.  In particular, the webinar will focus on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’s Directive 2013-02, “Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Criminal Record Restrictions and Discrimination Based on Race and National Origin,” OPM’s “Best Practices for Contractor Fitness Adjudication,” and EEOC’s “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

When:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. Eastern

Who should attend?

The audience for this joint session will include the acquisitions community, procurement officials, project officers, personnel security staff, federal contractors, and human resources staff.

How to View the Webinar:

The link to view the OPM webcast is:

http://new.livestream.com/OPMWebcast/20140716contract

The link to view the captioning for the webcast is:

http://recapd.com/w-0798e6

You will be able to watch the webcast on a PC or MAC computer. When you click on the link it will open up into whatever your default browser is set to on your computer. Chrome. Firefox. Internet Explorer. Safari. Opera. You should make sure that your browser has the latest updates.

You should try and view the webcast with coworkers in one central location to preserve bandwidth for your organization.

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If you have any problems connecting to the webcast, please contact your IT Help Desk right away.