Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will present a session, ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification,’ at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about the session presented by ESR President Lester Rosen, please visit:

“With hiring decisions becoming more critical in challenging economic times, verifying past employment and education and obtaining references has become very important,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to employment screening background checks. “Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers.”

Participants in the session – which is worth 1.25 General Credits – will learn how to navigate through legal and practical roadblocks when both obtaining and proving past employment information, as well as how to spot phony credentials and fake degrees. Since legal limitations also create barriers for human resources professionals when obtaining and giving past employment information, the workshop will review legal and effective techniques for the reference checking process.

In addition, participants will:

  • Explore why employment references create legal issues for employers and strategies for dealing with requests.
  • Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify past employment and education accomplishments of applicants.

Rosen is a consultant, writer, and frequent presenter nationwide on safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman.

The 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition will be held from June 26 to 29, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management and represents more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries. For more information, visit

To learn more 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 ESR, visit or email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].


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