To provide guidance to employers on the legal pitfalls of pre-employment background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and CEO of accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will participate in a live 90-minute webinar titled ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening: Legal Pitfalls’ on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT (10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PDT). For more information about the webinar, which qualifies for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, visit:

“Since employers are increasingly checking the credit histories, criminal records, and even social network profiles of prospective workers when making employment decisions, they must develop policies and procedures to avoid the legal pitfalls,” warns Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to pre-employment background checks. “When screening job applicants, employers must balance avoiding negligent hiring claims against the legal rights of applicants under federal and state laws.”

For the webinar, Rosen will be joined by two other panelists: Cindy D. Hanson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Atlanta and Pamela Q. Devata of Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago. The panel will examine the legal risks of conducting pre-employment background checks and provide strategies for employers on ways to minimize liability exposure when obtaining and using information on job applicants to make hiring decisions. The panel will guide employers in crafting policies to comply with Title VII, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and state laws, while also developing effective and lawful background screening policies and helping employers decide if the benefits of obtaining a background check outweigh potential liability for violating relevant laws.

The panel will also review the following key questions:

  • How can businesses balance their duty to conduct due diligence background checks on applicants against their duty not to discriminate in employment decisions?
  • What are the best practices for employers when developing and implementing policies for the use of credit records, criminal histories, and social networking sites in hiring decisions?
  • How are the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Congress, and the states addressing the growing use of credit checks as an employment pre-screening measure?

Following the speaker presentations, participants will have an opportunity to get answers to their specific questions during the interactive Question and Answer (Q&A) session. For more information about the webinar, which qualifies for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, visit:

Rosen is a frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances have included numerous national conferences for the ‘ESR Speaks’ training program at For more information on background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at or call ESR TOLL FREE 888.999.4474.

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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