International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance
HR.com Quality of Hire
November 09, 2011
Title: International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance
Speaker: Attorney Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM EST (11:00 AM PST)
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 going 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 checks, 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 checks.
- Learn the legal and privacy aspects of checking international credentials.
Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – http://www.ESRcheck.com – a nationwide background screening company located in California and accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).
Mr. Rosen 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. He has also written “The Safe Hiring Audit,” published in 2008.
He is also a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening and 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: http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR_Speaks.php.
Mr. Rosen was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.