To avoid bad hiring decisions, employers have increasingly turned to pre-employment background screening as a risk management tool. However, no employment screening program can be conducted by employers without a full understanding of a number of laws including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), discrimination and privacy laws, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The challenge is even greater for California employers who must use caution when dealing with additional rules regulating employment screening.

To help Human Resources professionals in the Golden State deal with both federal and state laws regarding employment screening, the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) is presenting an online webinar titled ‘Proceed With Caution: Legalities of Pre-Employment Screening’ featuring Attorney at Law and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time.

“Employee problems are caused by problem employees,” explains Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters, and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace’ and a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening and safe hiring issues. “This session will help California HR professionals avoid bad hires in the first place by practicing due diligence in their hiring programs according got a host of ‘Only in California’ rules.”

The 90 minute session – which is free for NCHRA members and costs $49 for the general public – will review federal and California laws for pre-employment screening and investigation of current employees. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of pre-employment screening and safe hiring while discovering:

  • How to legally implement the process of pre-employment screening and background checks on prospective employees.
  • How discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considerations impact screening tools such as credit reports, criminal records, and social network site searches.
  • How to audit current practices for legal compliance under California state law and the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

To register for the online webinar ‘Proceed With Caution: Legalities of Pre-Employment Screening,’ please visit:

Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco, CA 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 and is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). For more information about ESR, please visit or email Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].