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Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification

Webcast on for IHR - Quality of Hire

August 25, 2011

Event: for Institute for Human Resources (IHR) - Quality of Hire Virtual Conference

Title: Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification

Speaker: Les Rosen, Attorney and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Date/Time:  August 25th at 1:00 pm EST

Workplace Application:

Learn how to navigate through legal and practical roadblocks when it comes to both obtaining and proving past employment information, as well as tool to spot phony credentials and fake degrees.


With hiring decision becoming more critical in challenging economic times, verifying past employment and education and obtaining references have become more important than ever. Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers. Legal limitations also create barriers for human resources professionals when obtaining and giving past employment information. This workshop reviews legal and effective techniques for the reference checking process and how to verify education and spot phony credentials. 

  • Explore why employment references create legal issues for employers and strategies for dealing with requests.
  • Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant’s past employment and education accomplishments

Speaker Bio:

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources, a nationwide 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 - The 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, and also “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 as part of the 'ESR Speaks' background check training program:

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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