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California’s New Regulations on Transgender Workers and Background Checks
Monday 06/19/2017 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM Add to calendar
1.25 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: HR Expertise, Critical Evaluation | Intended Audience: Midlevel
Workplace Application:
This session will address the latest changes to California law regarding transgender employee rights and the use of criminal background checks. 

Another year, another set of new developments in California law for employers to navigate. The new regulations include clarifications regarding an employer's obligations to its transgender workforce as well as the ways in which California employers can use applicants' and employees' criminal background in making hiring and employment decisions. Join a member of California's Fair Employment and Housing Council, who also has extensive experience advising employers on these issues, for a discussion of the very latest developments and what these changes mean for you. This session will cover:

  • Numerous issues related to your obligations to your workforce, focusing specifically on practical ways to handle various requests from employees related to gender identity and gender expression.
  • How to handle requests for name and pronoun changes, as well as requests to use bathrooms and other facilities that match the employee's gender identity. 
  • How you may (or may not) use information obtained through criminal background checks to make decisions about applicants and current employees. 
  • Offer best practices on drafting effective policies and procedures to address these changes to California employment laws.
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Patti C. Perez, Shareholder,
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.