Safe Hiring Expert Says Employers Must Perform Balancing Act with Background Checks in NPR Article

In an article recently published on the National Public Radio (NPR) website, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), says employers must perform a kind of balancing act with background checks since “every story of a person denied a job because of some youthful indiscretion decades in the past” is usually balanced by a “case of a registered sex offender whose record was not properly checked before being hired for a job involving interaction with the public.” The NPR article ‘How Much Can Potential Employers Ask About You?’ is available at: 

“Our approach has been, there should be a job for everybody, but not everyone is appropriate for every job,” says Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to background checks. According to a recent study by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) – ‘Broken Records: How Errors by Criminal Background Checking Companies Harm Workers and Businesses’ – more than 90 percent of U.S. employers conduct criminal background checks on at least on some job candidates. “You don’t want to have a police state,” adds Rosen, a frequent speaker on background check issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program, “but you also don’t want any liar or miscreant to get any job they want.”

In the NPR article, Rosen says current regulatory pressures and lawsuits over misinformation will help “cull the herd a bit” and lead more employers to use reliable and professional background check companies instead of “cheap vendors that charge only $10 or $20 and then perform cursory searches of databases often riddled with inaccurate information” as described in the article. Rosen’s own company, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) for successfully proving compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP).

Governed by a strict professional standard composed of requirements and measurements, the BSAAP is the background screening industry’s “seal of approval” of a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. To become accredited, the background screening company – also known as a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) – must pass a rigorous onsite audit, conducted by an independent auditing firm, of its policies and procedures as they relate to six critical areas: Consumer Protection; Legal Compliance; Client Education; Product Standards; Service Standards; and General Business Practices.

For more information about NAPBS accreditation for background screening firms, visit For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – at or call ESR Customer Service at 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474.


About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information, empowering employers to make informed safe hiring decisions for the benefit for our clients, their employees, and the public. ESR literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percentage of screening firms. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit or call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474.

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