To help employers in the United States better understand background checks done overseas, Attorney Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a background screening company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will present a 60 minute live webinar – ‘Conducting International Background Checks – Best Practices, Trends and Legal Compliance’ – on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm ET (2:00pm CT, 1:00pm MT, 12:00pm PT).

“Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission critical task,” explains Rosen, who founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1996 and is the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to background checks. “However, with the mobility of workers across international borders it is no longer adequate to conduct these checks just in the United States. With business going global, U.S. firms are having to staff up offices internationally as well.”

This webinar will introduce employers to international background checks, including the legal, practical, and cultural challenges employers face when obtaining information outside of the U.S. Among the topics covered will be the “ins and outs” of international criminal records, terrorist databases, and whether background checks are needed for applicants with a visa. The webinar will also cover international employment and education verification, how to protect against fake international degrees, and place a special emphasis on data protection and privacy rules of the European Union and Canada.

Learning objectives of ‘Conducting International Background Checks – Best Practices, Trends and Legal Compliance’ will include:

  • Knowing why international background checks are becoming an important tool for employers.
  • Understanding the tools that are available and the limitations to international background checks.
  • Learning the legal and privacy aspects of checking international credentials.

“The number of countries from which employers seek additional information about applicants is expansive, and includes India, China, Philippines, France, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, and Japan, among others,” Rosen adds. “Employers will learn that although international screening can be challenging, there are ways to help hire the best regardless of the country involved.”

In addition, along with the webinar, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) helps employers understand background checks done outside the United States by providing them with a complimentary white paper titled ‘Introduction to International Background Screening’ that is available on the ESR website at

For more information about the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program featuring safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, visit

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco Bay area with a mission to help 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. ESR is Accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent helping U.S. businesses maintain legal workforces. For more information about Employment Screening Resources, visit or email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].