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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Announces Initial 2011 Speaking Dates for ESR Speaks Program

By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading provider of pre-employment background checks accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), has announced the initial dates for the company’s 2011 ‘ESR Speaks’ speaking and training program. The ‘ESR Speaks’ web page is located at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/.

“With ESR Speaks, Employment Screening Resources offers information and guidance to employers on issues such as privacy, discrimination, credit reports, criminal records, and using social networking sites such as Facebook to screen applicants,” explains Lester Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists, and Imposters Out of Your Workplace,’ the first comprehensive guide on background checks.

Rosen, an Attorney at Law and frequent speaker on safe hiring issues, will be a presenter for the ‘ESR Speaks’ program along with ESR Director of Client Relations Jared Callahan, a licensed private investigator in California who brings over a decade of experience and expertise with background checks and legal compliance issues. Either Rosen or Callahan will present for ESR on the following dates:

More speaking dates will be added to the 2011 ‘ESR Speaks’ schedule in the coming weeks and months. For information about the Employment Screening Resources speaking schedule, visit ‘ESR Speaks’ at http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/. A summary of ‘ESR Speaks’ events for 2011 is at: http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR_Speaks2011.php. Check these web pages for updates.

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is the company that wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. Employment Screening Resources is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) for proving compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). For more information about Employment Screening Resources, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or contact Jared Callahan, ESR Director of Client Relations and Business Development, at 415.898.0044 or jcallahan@ESRcheck.com.

Employment Screening Resources Safe Hiring Online Course Approved for Recertification Credits by HRCI

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer

The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) online course for “safe hiring” has been approved for recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 2010. 

The internationally recognized certifying body for the Human Resources profession, HRCI has awarded more than 116,000 credentials in more than 70 countries in the field of human resource management to HR professionals who are recognized throughout the world for their high standards of competence. 

ESR’s “Safe Hiring Certification Training” is an intensive, self-paced online educational and professional development course designed for employers, human resource and security professionals, and anyone responsible for risk management and due diligence in hiring and pre-employment background screening. The course may be accessed at any time from anywhere, including while at work.  The entire course provides 20 hours of credits, or the course can be taken in four 5 hour modules.  

Since employee problems are usually caused by problem employees, employers realize that hiring workers with criminal records, falsified credentials, or otherwise undesirable backgrounds can create legal and financial nightmares. Without due diligence in hiring, employers may make hiring decisions that could lead to lawsuits for negligent hiring, workplace violence, theft, embezzlement, and various other workplace problems. 

However, employers and human resources and security professionals face numerous challenges when it comes to safe hiring policies, including:

  • Heavy regulation by federal and state laws;
  • Numerous privacy and discrimination issues;
  • What information is available and how to get it, and;
  • How to utilize and analyze information in a cost-effective manner. 

Participants in the course will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and manage a legal and effective safe hiring program. For more information about ESR’s “Safe Hiring Certification Training” course – which is free to ESR clients – please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESRonlineSafeHiringCourse.php. 

ESR is pleased to be an approved provider by HRCI.

Safe Hiring Audit and Due Diligence for Employers

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading pre-employment background firm, and Facts on Demand Press have published “ The Safe Hiring Audit.” This book empowers human resources and security professionals, business owners and hiring managers with the resources needed to perform an effective audit of their employment procedures.

The 25-point action plan evaluates current hiring practices, identifies necessary changes, and shows how to implement these changes. Using the Audit’s action plan assists a company’s compliance with workplace laws, thus helping keep the company out of court.

The book was authored by ESR President Lester S. Rosen, with Michael Sankey, President of BRB Publications.

According to Rosen, “Companies of all sizes must periodically audit their employment practices to insure due diligence and compliance with discrimination and privacy laws, and determine whether an organization is using the current best policies, practices and procedures.” Rosen added that an effective audit can help avoid the high financial costs, legal complications, and managerial headaches of hiring unqualified and even dangerous employees.

Author Lester S. Rosen is an attorney-at-law and founder of Employment Screening Resources (www.ESRcheck.com), a national pre-employment background screening firm. He also is the author of, “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first definitive book on background checks and safe hiring, and The Safe Hiring Course, the only online educational course available in the U.S. specifically for the background screening industry. 

Michael Sankey is the founder and CEO of BRB Publications, Inc. (www.brbpub.com), the nation’s leading publisher of books and web-based content dealing with access to public records and government information.

Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen To Present at National Webinar on Latest Trends in Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources,  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester Rosen, will be presenting a national webinar on November 18, 2009, on “New Legal Hotspots and Latest Trends in Employment Screening Background Checks.”

The webinar is sponsored by IOMA, an independent source of exclusive business management information for experienced senior and middle management professionals for 20 years.  Details are at:  http://www.ioma.com/webinars/1320.html?priority=SA05EM2

Mr. Rosen will be addressing how a company can avoid hiring dangerous, unqualified, or dishonest candidates, as well as the legal environment and latest trends surrounding background checks and employment. The webinar will also address concerns and confusion surrounding the use and over-use of Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites, lawsuits looming over inaccurate background screening reports, and international background checks. 

 “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to review these cutting-edge employment topics that can help employers select the best candidates,” commented Rosen. “Exercising due diligence and staying out of court is mission critical for businesses of all sizes, and the IOMA format is an excellent way for employers to quickly review the latest trends, tools and legal developments.”

Mr. Rosen, who is also an attorney, is a nationally recognized expert on employment screening background checks.  He is a writer and speaker on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), pre-employment screening, and safe hiring issues. In addition, Mr. Rosen is the author of the first comprehensive book on employment screening, “The Safe Hiring Manual Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace.” He also wrote, “The Safe Hiring Audit.”

 Mr. Rosen’s speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences.   He has testified in the California, Florida  and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as its first co-chairman in 2004. 

More information about Employment Screening Resources can be found at www.ESRcheck.com

Employment Screening Expert Lester Rosen To Present At National Recruiting Conference in Chicago

Employment Screening Resources,  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester Rosen, will be presenting before the combined KennedyInfo/Onrec 2009 Recruiting Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 2009. 

This national recruiting conference brings together online recruiting leaders and productivity solution providers from around the globe to push the boundaries of online recruitment solutions.  See: http://www.onrec.com/conferences/031109/schedule.html

Mr. Rosen will be addressing, “Don’t Play Recruiting Russian Roulette: Hot Issues, Trends and Current Developments in Background Check.”  

 “Ensuring that candidates are qualified and bona fide are critical element of the recruiting process,” commented Rosen. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this prestigious conference and to share information on the latest trends and developments relating to due diligence in hiring to assist recruiters in avoiding hiring lawsuits just waiting to happen.” 

Mr. Rosen, who is also an attorney, is a nationally recognized, expert, on employments screening background checks.  He is a writer and speaker on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), pre-employment screening, and safe hiring issues. In addition, Mr. Rosen is the author of the first comprehensive book on employment screening background checks, “The Safe Hiring Manual Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace.” He also wrote, “The Safe Hiring Audit.”

 Mr. Rosen’s speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences.   He has testified in the California, Florida  and Arkansas Superior Court as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman in 2004. 

More information about Employment Screening Resources can be found at www.ESRcheck.com

Background checks for banks and financial institutions

Employment screening exert Lester Rosen of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) has provided an in-depth interview as well as an online presentation for BankInfoSecuirty, the top reference tool for the Banking Information Security Community. 

According to a press release form BankInfoSecuirty, “Today, hiring on gut instinct isn’t an acceptable practice; there’s simply too much at stake,” says Mike D’Agostino, Marketing Manager at Information Security Media Group. “When it comes to hiring best practices, Lester Rosen is definitely the go-to guy as he has qualified and testified in the California and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence.”    http://www.pr.com/press-release/90980 

BankInfoSecuirty is offering the online webinar for on employment screening for banks and financial institutions on the topic of,  “Avoid Negligent Hiring – Best Practices and Legal Compliance in Background Checks.”   See: http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/webinarsDetails.php?webinarID=87&search_keyword=Rosen&search_method=exact    

The seminar description is: 

All employers have an obligation to exercise a reasonable duty of care in hiring. In addition, many organizations have a legal duty to not employ individuals with certain enumerated criminal records. There are a number of steps that employers can take in the hiring process to reduce their risk when hiring.

First, organizations must carefully review and audit their hiring program, including their application, interview and past employment checking practices, as well as procedures for performing criminal record checks. In addition, employers need to consider a host of legal considerations when screening applicants, including the federal Fair Credit Reporting Ac (FCRA), state laws, Sarbanes-Oxley and discrimination laws as well as privacy implications.

Topics to be discussed in this session include:

       The “Parade of Horrible” facing employers that hire without screening, and why background checks are mission-critical for financial instructions;

       The essential elements of negligent hiring lawsuits, employer defenses and why they are on the rise;

       Why “gut” instinct is not an effective hiring tool;

       The essential elements of a screening program;

       Compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and State laws;

       The impact of discrimination laws and privacy laws;

       Best practices for hiring, including the application interview and past employment checking processes;

       How to legally obtain and utilize criminal records;

       Issues affecting past employment, education and credentials verification;

       The use and limitations of credit reports;

       A brief introduction to international background checks and terrorist screening;

       The use of the internet and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace to screen applicants;

       An introduction to drug testing. 

In addition, BankInfoSecuirty has released in both print form and podcast an in-depth interview with Mr. Rosen on employment screening background checks and banks and financial institutions.  Community banks and credit unions in particular are addressed in the interview.   See:  http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/p_print.php?t=a&id=691 

ESR is pleased to provide risk management services to banks and financial institutions across the U.S., ranging from a household name intuition to outstanding community banks and credit unions.   For more information, see: www.ESRcheck.com

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen to Present at Seattle Conference on Social Networking sites

Employment Screening Resources  a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced that its president, Lester Rosen, will be presenting before the prestigious Staffing Management Association (SMA) of Seattle on September 16, 2009. 

SMA’s mission is to present practical and relevant information by bringing in top-notch recruiting and retention experts.  See: http://www.emaseattle.org/events.shtml 

Mr. Rosen will be addressing, Landmines, Pitfalls and Potential Law Suits – Understanding the Risks of Using Search Engines and Social Networking Sites to Screen Candidates. 

“am very pleased to have opportunity to discus this cutting edge topic with to-notch staffing professionals in such a critical economic area as Seattle,” commented Rosen. “There is evidence that recruiters and hiring managers are utilizing social network sites to make hiring decisions without taking into account the potential liabilities that employers can face if done incorrectly or unfairly.  This talk is geared to starting a dialogue on the potential landmines that may be encountered if not done correctly.”

Mr. Rosen will review a major new survey that demonstrates what percentage  of employers use these sites, which sites they use,  how often they are used to NOT hire someone, as well as the most frequently seen issues that turn-off employers. 

Mr. Rosen, who is also an attorney, is a nationally recognized, expert, on employments screening background checks.  He is a writer and speaker on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), pre-employment screening, and safe hiring issues. In addition, Mr. Rosen is the author of the first comprehensive book on employment screening, The Safe Hiring Manual Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace,a 500 pages plus guide that acts as the text book for the screening industry. He also wrote, “The Safe Hiring Audit.”

 Mr. Rosen’s speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences.  He has testified in the California, Florida  and Arkansas Superior Court as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

More information about Employment Screening Resources can be found at www.ESRcheck.com

Background Checking Expert Lester Rosen to Present Webinar on Employment Screening

Employment Screening Resources, a leading international employment screening firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announces that its president, Lester Rosen, will present a national webinar on employment screening background checks on September 9, 2009.  The event is sponsored by NexTrain, a leading training provider for business leaders and a division of BizSummits.  

The presentation is entitled, “Safe Hiring for Your Organization- Everything you Need to Know about Keeping Criminals, Terrorist and Imposters out of Your Workplace.”   More information is available at http://www.companysafehires.com/ 

“NexTrain provides extensive training programs and I am pleased to once again to provide information that will assist business leaders in hiring the best qualified workers.” commented Rosen. “When employers beginning staffing up, it is more critical then ever to avoid unqualified, unsafe or dishonest employees and and it is important to share this information with employers and human resources professionals nationwide.” 

Mr. Rosen is a nationally recognized background checking expert, and speaks nationally on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), pre-employment screening, and safe hiring issues. In addition, Mr. Rosen is the author of the first comprehensive book on employment screening, “The Safe Hiring Manual Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace.”  He also wrote, “The Safe Hiring Audit, “ as well as a 20 hour online course devoted entirely to background checks. 

He has testified in the California, Florida and Arkansas Superior Court as an expert witness on employment screening and due diligence. Mr. Rosen, who is also an attorney, was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman in 2004. 

More information about Employment Screening Resources can be found at www.ESRcheck.com

Employment Screening Resources Releases Training and Education Site for Employment Screening Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources,  (ESR) a leading international employment screening background checking firm headquartered in the San Francisco area, announced the release of a new web site devoted entirely to training and education in the field of pre-employment background check.  It provides a catalog of books and courses by ESR as well as training DVD’s featuring ESR and online resources.  The books and courses were authored by employment screening expert Lester Rosen.

The background check training website is the first of its kind and is located at www.backgroundchecktraining.com/ .  The goal is to help employers navigate the maze of legal requirements and potential pitfalls in order to minimize lawsuits from applicants for violation of their rights, or litigation for negligent hiring if a background check is insufficient. 

“This web site underscores the fact that employment background checks are a professional knowledge-based service and not merely data that can be purchased over the internet.” commented ESR President Lester Rosen, a nationally recognized expert on employment screening background checks.  “Given the amount of legal regulations and the complexities involved in gathering and reporting relevant information legally, this site serves both employers and the background industry as a training and education tool.”

 Mr. Rosen, who is also an attorney, speaks nationally on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), pre-employment screening, and safe hiring issues. In addition, Mr. Rosen is the author of the first comprehensive book on employment screening, “The Safe Hiring Manual Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace.”  He also wrote, “The Safe Hiring Audit, “ as well as a 20 hour online course devoted entirely to background checks.

 Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman in 2004. He has testified in the California, Florida  and Arkansas Superior Court as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence.

 More information about Employment Screening Resources can be found at www.ESRcheck.com

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Releases New Training DVD for Background Checks

ESR has released a press release today announcing the release of a professionally produced 36 minute video re-enactment of portions of a negligent hiring trial.

As the press release states,” The DVD of a negligent hiring trial, filmed in an actual courtroom, demonstrates opening statements, cross-examination of an HR professional, testimony from an expert witness, closing arguments, and jury instructions. The DVD includes re-enactment of a crime as caught on a surveillance camera. Part of the training process is for viewers to act as jurors and to deliberate in order to reach a “verdict” based upon the DVD. ”

The press release can be found at: http://www.prleap.com/pr/134931/