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International Background Checks - Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance

Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire

July 20, 2011


Event: Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference, July 20-21, 2011

Title: International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

Presenter: Lester Rosen


Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission critical task. Firms cannot afford to be sidetracked by employee problems such as workplace violence, theft, false resumes, embezzlement, harassment or trumped-up injury claims. Employers can be the subject of lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire someone that they should have known, through the exercise of due diligence, was dangerous, unfit or unqualified.

However, with the mobility of workers across international borders it is no longer adequate to conduct these checks just in the United States. A significant percentage of the population consists of immigrants. In addition, an increasing number of workers have spent part of their professional career abroad. With business gong global, U.S. firms are having to staff up offices internationally as well.  The number of countries from which employers seek additional information about applicants is expansive, and includes India, China, Philippines, France, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Canada, among others.

This seminar will introduce employers to international background check, including the legal, practical and cultural challenges employers face when obtaining information outside of the U.S. Among the topics covered are the ins and outs of international criminal records, terrorist databases, and whether background checks are needed on applicants with a visa.  Also covered will be international employment and education verification, and how to protect against fake international degrees.  Special emphasis will be placed on data protection and privacy including the rules of the European Union and Canada.  Employers will learn that although international screening can be challenging, there are ways to help hire the best regardless of the country involved.

  • Learn why international background checks are becoming an important tool for employers.
  • Understand the tools that are available and the limitations to international background check.
  • Learn the legal and privacy aspects of checking international credentials

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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