California Background Check Laws Examined at Annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 18

To help Human Resources professionals stay in compliance with new laws regulating background checks in California, Jared Callahan, Director of Business Development for San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. For more information about the one day conference, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, CA, visit:

During the San Francisco HR Star Conference, ESR will have a booth on the floor in the Exhibitors Hall to answer questions about the company’s exclusive new ESR Assured ComplianceSM system that offers automated and paperless compliance with ever changing background screening laws. During the session, Callahan will education employers in California – and employers doing business in California – as to why they need to be aware of two new laws that took effect January 1, 2012 that changed the way employers conduct employment screening background checks in the state:

  • California Senate Bill 909 (SB 909) relates to the “offshoring” of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers – such as Social Security numbers (SSN) – who are the subjects of background checks. SB 909 appears to be the first law in the nation that addresses the issue of personal information being sent “offshore” (i.e. outside the United States or its territories and beyond the protection of U.S. privacy laws). The law requires disclosures to be made to consumers before their PII is sent offshore overseas, including whether the PII will be sent outside the country.
  • California Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) regulates the use of credit report checks of job applicants and current employees by employers for employment purposes. AB 22 prohibits employers or prospective employers – with the exception of some financial institutions – from obtaining a consumer credit report for employment purposes unless the position of the person for whom the report is sought is specified under the law. The law also requires written notice informing the person for whom a consumer credit report is being sought the specific reason for obtaining the report.

The presenter Callahan brings over 15 years of experience with the operations behind employment screening to the “ESR Speaks” training program. In addition to being a licensed PI in the state of California, he works with employers to conduct background checks and screenings and teaches them about legal compliance efforts across the 50 states. He began his career in employment screening in 1996 with a private investigative firm and has worked in the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of a large workers compensation insurance company.

The San Francisco HR Star Conference is a one day conference on a wide variety of human resources and employment law topics for HR managers in San Francisco, California and the Bay Area. The annual SF HR Star Conference draws more than 750 HR professionals from organizations in Northern California. There will be 17 different sessions for 2012. For more information, visit

After the conference on July 18, Callahan’s presentation “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” will be available in PDF format, along with a complimentary white paper on using social media for background checks and information on the new ESR Assured ComplianceSM system, on the ESR website at:

For more information about laws regarding background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at, call 415.898.0044, or email


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, call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474 (Toll Free), or email

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