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What Do You Mean You are Going To Do a Background Check: A Guide to Background Checks for Jobseekers

San Rafael, CA

June 24, 2010


The Marin Employment Connection presents: 

What do you mean you are going to do a background check?  A Guide to 

Background Checks for Job Seekers

For employers, employment background checks have become a standard tool in the hiring process to guard against bad hiring decision and lawsuits for negligent hiring.  For applicants, however, background screening can create an uneasy feeling that they are mistrusted from the start or that Big Brother is watching.
This workshop will cover what a job seeker needs to know about background checks, as well as tips for employers and human resources professionals:
  • What are an applicant’s legal rights under federal and state law when it comes to a background check?
  • What can an employer check and what are they not allowed to check, and how far back does the check go?
  • What is the impact of a criminal record, even if it was only a youthful indiscretion in college?
  • How does the process actually work?
  • What can past employers legally say about me?
  • What does an applicant do if they think a background report is inaccurate?
  • What if an applicant has a criminal record—what steps can be taken to get back into the workforce?
  • How come employers run credit reports and how can job applicants deal with that?
  • Bankruptcies and background checks—how does that work?
  • Can employers look at my social networking sites legally?
  • Drug testing—how does it work and how can an applicant deal with that?
  • Can they really ask me that?  What interview questions are permissible. 
  • What can an applicant do before the background check to minimize any impact, and in fact, help their chances to land the job they want?
Presenter:  Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources (, a national background screening company located in California.  ESR was rated as the top-screening firm in the US in the first independent industry study.  
He is the author of, “The Safe Hiring Manual--Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace.”  (512 pages-Facts on Demand Press), the first comprehensive book on employment screening.    He has also written, “The Safe Hiring Audit,” published in 2008.
He is also a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. See:
 He is a former deputy District Attorney and criminal defense attorney and has taught criminal law and procedure at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. His jury trials have included murder, death penalty and federal cases. He graduated UCLA with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and received a J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis, serving on the Law Review. He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in the national Martindale-Hubbell listing of American Attorneys. 
Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) a professional trade organization for the screening industry and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.
Additional educational materials prepared by Mr., Rosen are available at:

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