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Negligent Hiring and Background Checks: Best Practices, Trends, and Legal Compliance

Webinar for Avant Resources

January 19, 2011


Webinar on Background Checks for Avant Resources

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

Topic:  Negligent Hiring and Background Checks-Best Practices, Trends, and Legal Compliance

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 19th at 3:00pm EST (12:00pm PST) - 60 Minute Webinar


Employee problems are caused by problem employees, and this session will help employers and HR professionals avoid bad hires in the first place by practicing due diligence in their hiring programs.  Spending a great deal of time and energy to select the best hire quickly goes down the drain if an employer fails to exercise due diligence to ensure the candidate is for real.  Without exercising due diligence, there is a near statistical certainty that a firm will hire someone with fake education or employment credentials or even an unsuitable criminal record.  Even one bad hire can create a legal and financial nightmare, including workplace violence, unqualified workers and time wasted in recruiting and hiring the wrong person. Negligent hiring is one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation. 

In this interactive session, learn legally complaint best practices to keep a business productive and out of court, including how to obtain and utilize criminal record and background information on job applicants.  Get updated on the recent trend, best practices  and legal developments, Hear about cutting edge issues, such as the dangers of misusing social networking sites and the EEOC approach to the use of criminal records and credit reports.  Learn steps a firm can take immediately to avoid a bad hire.

Learning goals include: 

  • Learn why background checks and due diligence have become mission critical for employers
  • Understand the importance of federal laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), discrimination laws and the impact of state specific rules and regulations
  • Understand the basics of a negligent hiring lawsuit and defenses that work and do not work
  • Get acquainted with cutting edge issues such as the new EEOC focus on criminal records and credit reports and the use of social network sites
  • Learn how to spot fraudulent employment and education credentials
  • Learn steps your organization can take today to implement a legally compliant program and to hire the best employees. 

Short Speaker Bio:

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources (, a national background screening company located in California that has been accredited by the National association of Professional background Screeners (NAPBS).  .  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:

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.

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