Employment Screening in 2018 – How to Interpret Criminal Records and What to Do If You Find One

Jessica Tronscoso-HeadshotBy: Jessica Troncoso

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. 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.

Presentation Objectives:

  • FCRA guidelines for employment screening
  • EEOC guidance for Criminal Arrest and Conviction Records
  • Best practice tips and policy considerations
  • Document retention requirements
  • State specific disclosure requirements
  • Surnames and how they affect your reports

About the Speaker:
Jessica L. Troncoso is the Director of Compliance with Validity Screening Solutions, a full-service employment screening company based in Overland Park, Kansas. Jessica focuses on Validity’s knowledge base of all laws, statutes, and enforcement actions regulating the employment screening industry.

Jessica began in the Quality Assurance Department of Validity in 2012 and later worked remotely with the Research Department while attending law school. Jessica worked as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Brian C. Wimes of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the Honorable Peggy Stevens McGraw of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.

Prior to joining Validity Screening Solutions, Jessica has worked for some of Kansas City’s largest employers with a focus on corporate tax laws and issues. Jessica has written and presented on legal topics relating primarily to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  She is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

She earned her Juris Doctor in 2017 from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2012 from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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