Attorney Lester Rosen to Discuss Best Practices for Background Checks at San Francisco EAC Event

Lester Rosen, Attorney at Law and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a background check company in Novato, California accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), will present an educational session – ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks: Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ – for the San Francisco Employers Advisory Council (SF EAC). The event will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 235 Montgomery Street, in San Francisco, California. For more information or to register, visit:

“Employee problems are caused by problem employees,” explains Rosen, who founded ESR in 1996 with a mission to ensure safe workplaces for both employers and employees and is the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “This session will help Human Resource professionals avoid bad hires in the first place by practicing due diligence in their hiring programs.”

With negligent hiring being one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation, participants in the event will learn legally complaint best practices to keep businesses productive and out of court, including how to obtain and utilize criminal records and background information on job applicants. Participants will also be updated on recent legal developments, review case studies that demonstrate what steps to take and mistakes to avoid, hear about cutting edge issues such as the use of social networking sites for screening and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approach to the use of criminal records, and learn steps a firm can take immediately to avoid a bad hire.

Learning points of ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks: Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ include:

  • Why background checks and due diligence have become mission critical for employers.
  • The basics of a negligent hiring lawsuit and defenses that work and do not work.
  • Cutting edge issues such as the new EEOC focus on criminal records and credit reports and the use of social network sites.
  • How to spent fraudulent employment and education credentials.
  • Steps organizations can take to implement a legally compliant program and to hire the best employees. 

Rosen is a consultant, writer, and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. His speaking appearances as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program – – include numerous national and statewide conferences. Rosen was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the background screening industry, and he served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

The San Francisco EAC, one of over 60 similar organizations throughout California working under the California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC), is an association of businesses seeking to educate employers on business related issues and improve communication between the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the local employer community.

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco, California area with a mission to help both employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR is formally Accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and is also a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent helping U.S. businesses maintain a legal workforce. For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit or email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at