Among the array of new laws that California HR professionals face, the state's "Ban the Box" legislation poses some particularly difficult practical challenges.
This law, which was expanded to include private companies on January 1 with the adoption of California's Fair Chance Act, prohibits employers with five or more employees from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal record prior to making an offer of employment. It also prevents any questions on employment applications that require the disclosure of criminal history. The law requires employers to make a conditional offer of employment before checking an applicant’s criminal background and allows them to rescind the offer only after following an individualized assessment process.
Practical Advice for Ban the Box Compliance
The ban is among a wide range of topics that will be explored at the Professionals In Human Resources Association’s (PIHRA) annual California HR Conference Aug. 26-29 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The session, “Practical Applications: Navigating California’s Latest Ban The Box Law” will provide an overview of the law and its requirement for an individualized assessment of a candidate's criminal record and its impact on the position applied for, according to the conference website.
Presented by employment law attorney Teresa McQueen of Saffire Legal and criminal defense lawyer Alan Crivaro, the program is designed to aid HR professionals with the challenge of assessing job applicants’ prior offenses. By gaining a practical understanding of convictions and dismissals under California law, attendees can put job applicants’ prior offenses in perspective and help create a discrimination-free workplace.
Sexual Harassment, Collaborative Negotiation and Financial Intelligence
Other conference offerings include:
- HR preparation and credits towards the aPHR, PHR, and SPHR certifications
- Business financial intelligence workshops
- Collaborative negotiation approaches for female HR professionals
- Expert advice on investigating workplace sexual harassment claims post-#MeToo
- An exploration of pay equity trends
- Advice on creating and managing succession plans
The conference, expected to draw nearly 3,000 attendees, will feature over 70 expert speakers in HR compliance, California employment law, business & HR strategy, talent management, global HR, professional development, nonprofit HR, and the executive HR function. The 2018 California HR Conference speaker lineup also includes entrepreneurs, HR executives, authors, and former astronaut Captain Scott Kelly presenting general sessions, TED-style talks, mega sessions, and masters series panels.
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