Background check expert Lester Rosen, an Attorney at Law and President of nationwide background screening provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an educational session at the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition titled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification.’ The session will take place 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, follow this link.

“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 guide for background checks.

Rosen will teach participants in the session how to effectively navigate roadblocks to verify the past employment and education accomplishments of job applicants and review legal techniques for the reference checking process. In addition, participants will learn:

  • Why employment references create legal issues for employers.
  • Strategies for dealing with verification requests.
  • Why phony education credentials are problematic.
  • How to spot fake degrees from “degree” mills.

A recent report from Europe’s leading background screening company revealed a 48 percent increase worldwide in the past year in the number of known fake diploma mills, which the report described as “largely online entities whose degrees are worthless due to the lack of valid accreditation and recognition.” Also in the report, the United States saw a 20 percent increase in known diploma mills with the number rising from 810 to 1,008.

“Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers,” adds Rosen, who founded ESR in 1997 in the San Francisco area to ensure safe workplaces for both employers and employees.

Rosen is a frequent presenter on safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances include numerous national and statewide conferences as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program. To learn more, visit:

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. For more information, visit

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco 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 provides industry leading technology, legal compliance, service, turnaround, and accuracy. ESR also wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by founder and President Lester Rosen. For more information about ESR, visit