Since employers in the United States face many challenges when conducting background checks on workers who have lived, worked, studied, or spent much time visiting foreign countries, Attorney Les Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live hour long webinar – ‘International Background Checks – Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ – on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT). To register for the webinar, visit:

“With the mobility of workers across international borders it is no longer adequate to conduct background checks just in the United States,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to employment background checks. “With business going global, U.S. firms are staffing offices internationally and the number of countries from which employers seek information about applicants is expanding.”

This webinar, hosted with Avant Resources Business Education, will introduce employers to international background checks, including the legal, practical, and cultural challenges employers face when obtaining information outside of the United States. Among the topics covered will be:

  • The ins and outs of international criminal records,
  • Terrorist databases,
  • Whether background checks are needed on applicants with a visa,
  • International employment and education verification,
  • How to protect against fake international degrees, and
  • Data protection and privacy including the rules of the European Union (EU) and Canada.

“Employers will learn that although international background screening can be very challenging, there are ways to help hire the best employees regardless of the country involved,” says Rosen, who founded ESR in the San Francisco, CA area in 1997 with a mission to ensure safe workplaces for both employers and employees. The company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

Participants in the webinar ‘International Background Checks – Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ will also:

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

ESR also offers a complimentary white paper – ‘Introduction to International Background Screening’ – that outlines the difficulties U.S. employers face with international background screening, international criminal background checks, and international employment and education verifications, such as:

  • Differences in courts and legal systems,
  • Name variations and unique alphabets,
  • Time differences,
  • Different forms,
  • Calendar and holiday differences,
  • Inherent risk of fraud such as “diploma mills,” and
  • Higher costs and payments in foreign currency.

The complimentary white paper is available at:

“While international background screening is indeed challenging, the mere fact that information is more difficult to obtain from outside of the U.S. does not relieve employers from their due diligence obligation associated with hiring,” adds Rosen, a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening and safe hiring issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program. For more information about future ‘ESR Speaks’ events, visit:

To register for the webinar ‘International Background Checks – Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance,’ visit:

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit



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