The question of whether criminal background checks for job applicants are a smart move or a discriminatory practice is answered by Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), in an exclusive interview with Tom Field, Editorial Director of Information Security Media Group. The interview ‘Top 10 Screening Trends – What You Need to Know Before Conducting Background Checks’ detailing ESR’s Top 10 trends in background checks for 2012 is at: For the past five years, ESR – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’ and nationwide background screening company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled a list of emerging and influential trends in employment background checks selected by Rosen. When asked about the 2012 list, Rosen said he expects the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – the agency of the U.S. Government that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination –to give extra scrutiny to the use of criminal background checks. “Many observers expect the EEOC this year will announce a test, or at least a more refined test, for the use of criminal records … or perhaps even some refinement of the rules surrounding credit reports, which has been another hot topic,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening, and a frequent speaker of due diligence issues as part of ‘ESR Speaks’ program. Among the other key trends to watch in 2012, Rosen mentions the use of social media and automation in background screening, as well as the proliferation of fake degrees and false credentials by desperate job seekers in tight economy. Rosen says that another top trend is an increase in lawsuits from employment background checks. “There’s increased litigation in the area of negligent hiring – accusing an employer of not exercising reasonable care,” Rosen says. “The flip side of the coin is that employers also face lawsuits, including a marked increase in class action lawsuits, for not doing background checks properly.” The fifth annual ESR Top Ten Trends in Background Checks for 2012 include the following:

The fifth annual Employment Screening Resources Top Ten Trends in Background Checks for 2012 available on the ESR website at For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at or call ESR toll free at 888.999.4474. Sources: About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM – provides accurate and actionable information, empowering employers to make informed safe hiring decisions for the benefit for our clients, their employees, and the public. ESR literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by less than two percent of all screening firms. 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 or call 888.999.4474. About ESR News: The Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News blog – ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at [email protected].]]>