As part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program from Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), Jared Callahan, a licensed Private Investigator and Director of Business Development for ESR, will present an in-depth 90-minute webinar entitled ‘Background Checks: Insider Tips on the Screening Tools Your Organization Can – and Should – Be Using’ on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 and Thursday, May 19, 2011. Both webinars will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Noon Pacific Standard Time (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

Background checks are an essential component of any smart-hiring toolbox and, when used properly, can provide peace of mind that an employer has made the right decision on whom to hire or retain. However, the process is a delicate balance: If employers conduct an incomplete background check, they could end up talking to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or defending against a negligent hiring claim. If they overstep their bounds and dig too deep, they could face a costly privacy lawsuit.

Callahan – a safe hiring expert and seasoned employment screening services consultant – will provide participants with an insider’s look into which background check methods are most effective for getting the information employers need to make informed decisions. He will explain common misconceptions employers have about some background check methods that could land them in legal trouble. Participants in the webinar will learn:

  • Screening tools every informed employer needs to be using.
  • No-cost ways to pre-screen, and weed out, candidates before you even get to the background-check stage.
  • Why certain screening methods, such as credit checks, should be used sparingly.
  • How to understand the distinction between “false positives” and “false negatives” when researching hits on first and last names.
  • How to effectively use databases for criminal records checks, and a key misconception many employers have about database-recovered information.
  • Why relying exclusively on automated software processes to screen out individuals with criminal records is not enough.
  • When to use “add on” screening tools, such as sex offender registry or motor vehicle checks.
  • Best practices for conducting social security traces and educational verifications.
  • What judgment calls to make once “sketchy” information is returned on an applicant or a current employee.
  • The questions to ask before hiring a screening-services provider about the way they go about obtaining information so they don’t create future legal headaches.

Callahan works with employers in various industries to conduct background checks and teaches them about legal compliance efforts across the 50 U.S. states. He began his career in employment screening in 1996 with a private investigative firm, and he has worked as an investigator in the special investigations unit of a large workers’ compensation insurance company.

For more information about the Tuesday, May 10, 2011 webinar presented with Business and Legal Resources (BLR), visit For more information about the Thursday, May 19, 2011 webinar presented with Employer Resource Institute, visit The webinar has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

For more information about ‘ESR Speaks,’ visit:

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco Bay area with a mission to help employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by founder and President Lester Rosen. For more information about Employment Screening Resources, visit or email ESR News Editor Tom Ahearn at [email protected].