As part of a series of webcasts for the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Certification Program from, safe hiring expert Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check provider Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a one hour webinar on the topic of ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET (10:00 AM to 11:00 PT).  To register for this webcast, which is free to members and approved for 1.0 General credits through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit

“With hiring decision becoming more critical in challenging economic times, verifying past employment and education and obtaining references have become critical,” explains Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “Falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers, and legal limitations also create barriers for human resources professionals when obtaining and giving past employment information.”

The webcast will review legal and effective techniques for reference checking, how to verify education and spot phony credentials, and examine new technologies as well as special issues involving international credentials and the role of social media in the process. More specifically, participants such as HR Professionals, Recruiters, and Hiring Managers will also:

  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant’s past employment and education accomplishments.
  • Explore why employment references create legal issues for employers and strategies for obtaining information and dealing with requests from other employers.
  • Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
  • Review new technologies and approaches to credentials verifications.
  • Understand special issues when it comes to international employment and education verification.

Rosen is a frequent speaker on safe hiring issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program. Information about future events is at Rosen was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) a professional trade organization for the screening industry and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

The webcast is sponsored by Employment Screening Resources, a national background check firm Rosen founded in 1997 in the San Francisco area that is accredited by the NAPBS. ESR offers industry leading service, resources, technology, compliance, turnaround, and accuracy. For more information, visit

To register for the webcast ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification,’ 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