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Hiring Practices that Comply with the Law: Good Processes for Good Hires – San Jose

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Berliner Cohen Employment Law 2011 Breakfast Seminar Series
Hiring Practices that Comply with the Law: Good Processes for Good Hires
Mark your calendar and register today – space is limited!

CLICK HERE to register for the May 18, 2011 Seminar.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Capital Club
(Knight Ridder Building)
50 West San Fernando
San Jose, CA
(Discounted validated parking available)

8:00 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Program

Economic forecasts for 2011 included predictions of increased hiring – great news for employers and employees who have been riding out the economic storm.  Before embarking on the process of re-growing the workforce, prudent businesses are re-examining their hiring processes.  The internet and professional networking sites provide a wealth of information on job candidates and facilitate communications between employer and applicant.  But incorrect use of information can result in civil, and, in some instances, criminal liability.

New laws and regulations impose added restrictions on what information can be considered in making screening and hiring decisions.  Laws regarding background checks and drug screening are changing as frequently as the newspaper headlines.  Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and guidelines, and integration of that knowledge into the hiring process can avoid legal issues surrounding the interview and hiring processes.

Featuring a mock screening and interview process, Berliner Cohen attorneys will discuss and demonstrate legal perspectives on hiring practices from recruiting to job offer.

Topics include:

  • Avoiding discriminatory recruiting and hiring  claims
  • Obtaining and using background and credit checks
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Use and misuse of social media
  • Reference checks
  • Offer letters and conditional job offers (I-9’s and pre-employment physicals)

Berliner Cohen’s experienced employment law attorneys advise and represent employers and managers on a full range of legal issues affecting the workplace, including harassment and discrimination, unfair competition and trade secrets, wrongful discharge, wage and hour issues, and labor disputes.  Berliner Cohen is one of the largest law firms in San Jose and Merced serving the business and regulatory needs of private business and public agencies.  For almost 40 years, the Firm has developed the special expertise required by a diverse client base consisting of some of Silicon Valley’s largest corporations, new ventures, leading real estate developers, cutting-edge software manufacturers, healthcare providers, mortgage banking companies, municipalities and public agencies.

Kara L. Arguello represents employers in state and federal litigation cases regarding wrongful termination, unfair competition, trade secrets, harassment, retaliation and discrimination, and advises and counsels on employee classification, leaves of absence, wage and hour law, and reductions in force.

COST: Complimentary (includes continental breakfast)

REGISTRATION: RSVP requested by Monday noon, May 16, 2011.

CERTIFICATION: 2 hours of general CLE credit available.