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Upcoming events

    • 03/11/2015
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • McCormick & Schmick's Crystal City

    Employment Background Checks: Are there Pros to Screening-Out Cons?

    Michael G. Aamodt, Ph.D.
    SPHR Principal Consultant, DCI Consulting Group, Inc.

    • Food included on-site.
    • Register by 12pm ET the Monday before
    • NEW: Email questions for the presenter to by 12pm ET the day before.
    Location: McCormick & Schmick's Crystal City
    • Crystal City Shops, 2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202 (map)
    • Metro Access and Parking Available

    Abstract: In recent years, there has been an increased legal, scientific, and regulatory interest in how employers consider a job applicant’s criminal history and credit history when making employment decisions.  This presentation will begin with a discussion of why employers conduct background checks, move to a review of the relevant case law pertaining to the use of applicants’ criminal and credit history, and finish with a discussion of methods to “validate” background checks. To spice things up, audience opinion will be sought on such controversial topics as:

    • Are job-relatedness and business necessity the same thing?
    • Is adverse impact determined at the overall background screen level or must it be shown for each element of the background screen (e.g., each crime, each exclusionary period)?
    • Are all ex-cons the same or does job-relatedness/business necessity depend on the specific crime?
    • Would Judge Judy agree with the EEOC?

    Speaker Bio: Mike Aamodt is a Principal Consultant for DCI Consulting Group. He spends most of his days conducting salary equity analyses, computing adverse impact statistics, and helping develop employee selection systems for federal contractors and other organizations. Prior to working for DCI, Mike spent 26 years as a professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Radford University.  He received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.

    Mike has published several books in the human resource area, published over 50 research articles in professional journals and presented over 125 papers at professional conferences. 

    In over 30 years as a trainer and consultant, Mike has helped a wide variety of organizations deal with such issues as compensation, employee selection, job analysis, performance evaluation, and downsizing.  He is considered one of the nation’s experts in police psychology and in OFCCP/EEOC compliance. 

    Mike is active in a variety of professional organizations.  He is a past president of the New River Valley SHRM as well as a past president of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology.

    In his spare time, Mike likes to make lame attempts at being athletic, cook what at times turn out to be edible meals, travel, and SCUBA dive.  He lives in Pulaski, Virginia with his wife Bobbie. Their son, Josh, is an attorney in Northern Virginia but Mike and Bobbie continue to love him anyway.

    Employment Background Checks: Are there Pros to Screening-Out Cons?

Past events

02/11/2015 February 2015 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Paul J. Hanges
01/14/2015 January 2015 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Meghan Brenneman & Dr. Jennifer Klafehn
12/10/2014 December 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Alexander Alonso, SHRM
11/13/2014 2014 PTCMW Fall Event
11/13/2014 2014 Fall Event Webcast: Presentation by Dr. Scott Highhouse
10/23/2014 Graduate Student Consulting Challenge
10/15/2014 October 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Reeshad Dalal, George Mason University
09/10/2014 Special Event: 2014 PTCMW Career Panel
08/20/2014 August 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Heather Wolters, Army Research Institute
07/09/2014 July 2014 Workshop & Webcast: Dr. Charles Handler, President & Founder of Rocket-Hire
06/11/2014 June 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Andrew Biga, JetBlue Airways
05/21/2014 May 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Joel Wiesen, Applied Personnel Research
04/09/2014 April 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Rich Cober, Marriott International
03/12/2014 March 2014 Workshop & Webcast: Dr. Lorin Mueller, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
02/18/2014 February 2014 Luncheon: Dr. John Jones, General Dynamics IT
01/08/2014 January 2014 Luncheon: Dr. Brodie Gregory, PDRI a CEB Co.
12/11/2013 December 2013 Luncheon: Dr. Dan Putka, HumRRO
11/06/2013 2013 PTCMW Fall Event
11/06/2013 Webcast: 2013 PTCMW Fall Presentation by Dr. Frank Schmidt
10/09/2013 October 2013 Luncheon/Webcast: Drs. Eric Sydell & Marc Wenzel, Shaker Consulting Group
09/11/2013 Special Event: 2013 PTCMW Career Panel
08/23/2013 August 2013 Workshop & Webcast: Wayne Cascio, University of Colorado
07/10/2013 July 2013 Workshop: Dr. Eric Dunleavy, DCI Consulting Group
06/12/2013 June 2013 Luncheon: Dr. Neal Schmitt, Polaris Assessment Systems / Michigan State University
05/08/2013 May 2013 Luncheon: Frederick Panzer & Sara Kindsfater-Yerkes, Team Catapult
04/24/2013 April 2013 Luncheon: Ben Porr and colleagues, Federal Management Partners
03/26/2013 PTC/MW Networking Happy Hour
03/13/2013 March 2013 Workshop: Bill Macey & Sarah Johnson, CEB
02/05/2013 February 2013 Luncheon (TUESDAY): Dr. Kurt Kraiger, Colorado State
01/16/2013 January 2013 Luncheon: Dr. Lorin Mueller, FSBPT
12/05/2012 December 2012 Luncheon: Presidential Address
11/14/2012 2012 PTCMW Fall Event
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