Webinar: The New DOL Civil Rights Guidelines Governing Criminal Background Checks and Federally-Funded Workforce Development Programs

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Hawaii Time
 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM EST


“The National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the National Reentry Resource Center invite you to a webinar on the new Department of Labor guidelines that apply to people with a criminal record seeking federally-funded workforce development services.

The nation’s 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers and their partners in the employer, non-profit and worker rights community play a critical role assisting people with criminal records find employment.  However, the workforce development community also faces serious challenges as workers struggle to navigate the new realities of criminal background checks for employment.

Thanks to new guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the federally-funded workforce development and employment exchange community (i.e., programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act and the Wagner-Peyser Act) are now better positioned to respond to these challenges. The guidance educates employers and workers about the civil rights and consumer protections that regulating criminal background checks for employment.

ETA’s guidance letter complements the new guidance recently issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which addresses the disproportionate impact of criminal background checks on people of color.  The ETA guidance provides a step-by-step guide, including model notices for both employers and workers, to ensure maximum compliance with the law.

The webinar will feature Jane Oates, the ETA Assistant Secretary, Maurice Emsellem, NELP’s Policy Co-Director, Charles Turner, Adult Career Services Re-Entry Manager at the Oakland Private Industry Council, and other speakers TBA. The webinar will outline the key elements of the new ETA guidance and highlight best practices and helpful implementation strategies.”


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