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Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification

Webinar for

March 05, 2014


Event: Webinar for

Title: Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification

Speaker: Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern

Human Resources Professionals: This activity has been approved by the HR Certification Institute for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit.

Why should you attend:

With hiring decision becoming more critical in challenging economic times, verifying past employment and education and obtaining references have become critical.  Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers. It is easy to obtain a phony degree from a real school, or worthless diplomas from degree mills.  There are even web sites that will assist in creating a fakes job history that appear very authentic. Legal limitations also create barriers for human resources professional when obtaining and giving past employment information.  Many employers will limit their response to dates of employment and job title only.

Description of the topic:

This workshop reviews legal and effective technique for the reference checking processes including how to verify education, spot worthless degrees and phony employment credentials.  It will also cover the legal landscape concerning past employment references, including an employer’s potential liability when providing information and when it is not provided.  Other topics include best practices when asking for past employment information and helpful insights and best practices in obtaining past employment information. Other areas will include special issues such as handling verification of current employment, what to do if the past employer no longer exists, military employment and dealing with employment databases.    New technologies and approaches will also be reviewed, as well as special issues involving international credentials and the role of social media sites and Web 2.0 in the process.

Areas covered in the session:

  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant’s past employment and education accomplishments.
  • Explore why employment references create legal issues for employers and strategies for obtaining information and dealing with requests from other employers.
  • Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
  • Review new technologies and approaches to credentials verifications.
  • Understand special issues when it comes to social media sites and  employment and education verification

Who will benefit:

  • Hiring managers
  • Human Resources Processionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Security
  • Fraud Investigators
  • In-house counsel
  • Labor attorneys

Speaker Profile:

Attorney Lester S. Rosen is Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check firm located in the San Francisco, California area that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual - The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers (728 pages/Facts on Demand Press/2nd Edition/October 2012), the first comprehensive guide on employment screening. He has also written “The Safe Hiring Audit,” published in 2008. He is a frequent presenter nationwide on safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding due diligence. He was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as first co-chair.


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