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Dealing with Federal & 'Only in California' Laws Regulating Pre-employment Screening and Safe Hiring

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March 11, 2011


Webinar Title: Extreme Caution Advised: Dealing with Federal & 'Only in California' Laws Regulating Pre-employment Screening and Safe Hiring

Speaker: Attorney Lester S. Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Webinar Date: March 11, 2011

General Description:
To avoid bad hiring decisions, employers have increasingly turned to pre-employment background screening as a risk management tool. No screening program can be conducted without a full understanding of a number of laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), discrimination and privacy law and the ADA, The challenge is even greater in California that has its own special rules. The session will review federal and California laws for pre-employment screening and investigation of current employees.
One Sentence Description:
Employee problems are caused by problem employees, and this session will help California HR professionals avoid bad hires in the first place by practicing due diligence in their hiring programs according got a host of “Only in California” rules.
Learning Goals:

  • Learn and get updated on federal and California state laws that control the process of pre-employment screening and background checks on prospective employees.
  • Understand how discrimination and EEO  considerations impact screening tools such as credit reports, criminal records and social network sites, and approaches under California law.
  • Audit your current practices for legal compliance in background checks under California law, as well as the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). 

Speaker Bio:
Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources (, a national background screening company located in California.  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 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.  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, which now has over 500 members.  He was also elected to the first board of directors and served as the first co-chairman in 2004. 

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