Attorney and author Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webcast on ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ at the Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET (11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon PT). For more information, visit:–global-due-dilig_gshji5fk.html.

“Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence background checks on new hires is a mission critical task,” says Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “However, with the mobility of workers across international borders it is no longer adequate to conduct these checks just in the United States. With business going global, U.S. firms are staffing internationally and the number of countries where they seek information about applicants is expanding.”

In the webcast, Rosen will introduce participants to the legal, practical, and cultural challenges employers face when performing international background checks to obtain information outside of the country. Among the topics covered will be international criminal records, international employment verification, how to detect fake international degrees, terrorist databases, and whether background checks are needed on job applicants with a visa. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on data protection and privacy laws including the rules of the European Union (EU) and Canada. 

Participants in the hour long webcast ‘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; and
  • Learn the legal and privacy aspects of checking international credentials.

“Participants will learn that although international screening can be challenging, there are ways to help hire the best regardless of the country involved,” Rosen adds.

In 1997, Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in the San Francisco area and the company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a professional trade organization for the background screening industry. He was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, and served as the first co-chairman. Rosen is also a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening issues through the ‘ESR Speaks’ program. For the ‘ESR Speaks’ schedule, visit:

To help U.S. employers conduct international background checks on job applicants who have lived, worked, and attended schools in foreign countries, ESR previously released the ‘ESR Global Screening’ website that offers U.S. businesses criminal background checks, past employment verifications, and education and credential verifications from nearly 200 countries worldwide. For more information, visit:

To further assist U.S. employers in conducting global due diligence, Rosen also co-wrote a complimentary white paper, ‘Introduction to International Background Screening,’ that provides information on international screening, the risks and challenges employers conducting such screenings should be aware of, and the many ways background screening overseas differs from background screening in the United States. The complimentary ESR white paper is available at:

The IHR Quality of Hire Virtual Event runs from November 9-10, 2011. To register for the free event and select the webcasts to attend, visit:

For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit