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Negligent Hiring and Background Checks: Best Practices and Legal Compliance

San Francisco Employers Advisory Council (SF EAC), San Francisco, CA

April 07, 2011



Negligent Hiring and Background Checks: Best Practices and Legal Compliance


Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law, President of Employment Screening Resources, Novato, CA 

Date, Time & Place:

San Francisco Employers Advisory Council (SF EAC) Meeting

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 8 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 235 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA  

Workplace Application:

Employee problems are caused by problem employees, and this session will help HR professionals avoid bad hires in the first place by practicing due diligence in their hiring programs.


Negligent hiring is one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation.  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 legal developments, and review case studies to demonstrate what steps employers should take and mistakes to avoid.  Hear about cutting edge issues, such as the use of social networking sites and the EEOC approach to the use of criminal records.  Learn steps a firm can take immediately to avoid a bad hire.

Learning points:

  • Learn why background checks and due diligence have become mission critical for employers
  • 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 spent fraudulent employment and education credentials
  • Learn steps your organization can take today to implement a legally compliant program and to hire the best employees. 

Speaker Bio:

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources ( ), a national background screening company located in California.  ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program. 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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