Tag Archives: ASIS

Top Trends for Background Checks Examined at ASIS 2015

 asis-2015-logo

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help security professionals stay up to date with latest trends in the background check industry, Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Ten Trends for Background Checks” at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) in Anaheim, California. For more information about ASIS 2015, please visit ASIS 2015 webpage. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at ASIS 2015

asis-2015-logo

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will be one of the presenters for the session “Identifying and Mitigating Risks from Within” at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) in Anaheim, California. For more information about ASIS 2015, please visit https://securityexpo.asisonline.org/Pages/default.aspx. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at 2014 ASIS International in Atlanta

ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Lester Rosen

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will  present the session “Strategies For Reducing the Insider Threat Before and After Hiring” on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the 60th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits. The presentation is from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon in Room B308 of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Stay-Updated/ESR-Speaks/Detail/223/Background-Checks-and-Reducing-the-Insider-Threat-Strategies-Before-and-After-Hiring. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks to ASIS Golden Gate Chapter at Skywalker Ranch on October 22

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco Bay area background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will discuss ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at an ASIS Golden Gate Chapter meeting held at Skywalker Ranch on Lucas Valley Road in Marin County, California on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM PST. More information about the ASIS Golden Gate Chapter meeting is available at http://www.asisgoldengate.org/page1/page1.html. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Reveal Strategies for Reducing Insider Risk at ASIS International Annual Seminar

Attorney and background check expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Reducing The Insider Risk: Strategies For Background Checks After Hiring’ at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information about ASIS 2013 – which takes place from September 24 to 27, 2013 – visit http://www.securityexpo.org/. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Speak about Social Media Background Checks at ASIS International 2012 on September 10

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will speak on the topic of ‘Using Social Networking Sites, Search Engines, and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants: Caution Advised!’ on Monday, September 10, 2012, from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM EST at the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about Rosen’s session at ASIS International 2012, visit: http://www.asis2012.org/. Continue reading

Employment Screening Resources President To Present Session at 56th ASIS International Annual Seminar on Risks of Using Social Networks to Screen Applicants

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog

Author, speaker, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants” at the 56th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM in Room D170. For more information and to register for the session, visit the ASIS International website at http://www.asis2010.org/.

“Employers and Security professionals have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites, such as MySpace or Facebook, and search engines,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists, and Imposters Out of Your Workplace,’ the first comprehensive guide for employment screening. “However, just because something is available online does not mean there is no legal risk involved.”

The session “Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants” will examine the pros and cons of employers utilizing such online tools as social networking sites and search engines, including discrimination, privacy, use of legal off-duty conduct, and authenticity. Through case studies and reviewing web sites, security professionals will learn:

  • How these social networking sites and search engines work,
  • What they may find on these social networking sites and search engines, and
  • Potential legal landmines and practical risks involved with social networking sites and search engines.

Rosen is an attorney at law and a frequent speaker nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and also served as the first co-chairman.

The 56th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits runs from October 12 to 15, 2010, and is the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry. Founded in 1955 as the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals with more than 37,000 members worldwide.

About Employment Screening Resources:
Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. The company is a leading provider of “all things background checks” and is dedicated to promoting a safe workplace for both employers and employees. In 2003, ESR was rated the top U.S. employment screening firm in the first independent study of the industry. To learn more about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), please visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or contact Jared Callahan at 415.898.0044 or jcallahan@ESRcheck.com.

Employment Screening Guidelines Released by Foremost Security Association

The second edition of the ASIS International Preemployment Background Screening (PBS) Guideline has been released to the public. ASIS is the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide. According to the press release:

The guideline, designated ASIS GDL PBS-2009, is an educational and practical tool that organizations can use as a resource in understanding the reasons for preemployment background screening of job applicants, as well as the legal principles surrounding the issue of preemployment background screening. The PBS guideline can also assist in developing policies and procedures that will enhance an organization’s hiring policy.

ASIS and the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, in an effort to promote shared cooperative interests, collaborated in the revision of the 2006 version of the ASIS Preemployment Background Screening Guideline.

This PBS guideline presents practical information concerning the value of preemployment background screening, the importance of the application form, important legal issues and considerations (such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, privacy issues, state laws, rules and regulations), the key elements of preemployment background screening, the types of information to utilize in verifying the key elements, the use of credit reporting agencies in preemployment background screening, and an appendix of a sample preemployment background screening flow chart.

A number of members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) joined together with security professionals to serve on the committee that updated the Guidelines. ESR is pleased to note that its president, Lester Rosen, had the privilege of serving with this outstanding group of dedicated professionals on the original committee as well as the committee that produced the second edition.

The Guideline is available on the ASIS web site at www.asisonline.org

ESR Article on Trends, Developments and Best Practices Featured in Leading International Security Magazine

Security Management Magazine, the official publication of ASIS international, featured an article on background screening by ESR as a cover story in its May, 2009 edition.  ASIS International is considered the preeminent international organization for security professionals.  The article can be found at http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/how-avoid-hiring-mishaps-005529

The article, authored by ESR President Lester Rosen, was titled, “How to Avoid Hiring Mishaps,” and covered a range of current issues affecting background screening and due diligence.  Some of the main points are:

  1. Criminal databases, although valuable due to the millions of records, should not be used as a primary tool for screening, due to issues of accuracy, timeliness and complexities.
  2. Criminal databases are also subject to a number of legal issues, especially surrounding the application of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  3. Even if an employer locates a criminal history, its use for employment is limited by discrimination laws.  The State of New York for example, just passed a series of new laws to ensure that individuals with criminal records are not locked out permanently from society.
  4. Employers need to be especially carful in the use of automatic “adjudication rules” for criminal records without taking into account the particulars of the crime, the person and the job.
  5. Education fraud is on the increase, and now even includes fake accreditation agencies to accredit fake degrees.
  6. Although employers have discovered a treasure trove of information by using the internet and social network sites such as Facebook and MySpace, the jury is still out on whether it is a good idea to utilize those sites.  There can be issues concerning discrimination, violation of privacy rights, the improper use of legal off duty conduct and problems with authenticity and reliability.
  7. Given the mobility of workers across international borders, employers need to factor international screening into their programs.

For more information, see www.ESRcheck.com

"The Safe Hiring Audit" book Reviewed by ASIS

ASIS, the worlds leading secrity orgqanization, reviewed the book by ESR President Lester Rosen, The Safe Hiring Audit.   The book  provides a blueprint to evaluate and improve a company’s hiring procedures. Companies of all sizes can identify potential problems and insure compliant hiring practices.  This guide provides a step-by-step action plan to evaluate current hiring practices and make changes to strengthen their businesses and avoid potential problems.  It is done by means of a 25 point audit.

The ASIS review noted that:

“The book is conveniently written in an “audit” format. Each chapter begins with questions for the reader to answer to determine how the company measures up in terms of legal compliance. At the end of each chapter, each audit question is presented again, the information from the chapter is summarized, and “best practices” are discussed to ensure that the reader understands the material and how to apply it.”

“By the end of the book, the reader will understand why safe hiring is a critical basic business practice. The book’s appendices include a summary of rights under FCRA, information on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notices, an application process checklist and worksheet, and descriptions of preemployment tools to aid the hiring process. These resources will undoubtedly be used again and again as readers maintain their own worksheets and checklists.

“This work is an excellent reference for professionals with hiring authority.”

See:  http://www.securitymanagement.com/article/safe-hiring-audit-employers-guide-implementing-a-safe-hiring-program-005577

The book is available at: http://www.backgroundchecktraining.com/Safe-Hiring-Audit.asp , a web site that contians books, training DVD’s and coures on employment screening and background checks.