To help Human Resources professionals understand new California background check laws, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live interactive HR Hero webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Recently Passed Legislation, How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, and More’ on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific). To register for the program – which has been approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: During the 90 minute webinar, Attorney Rosen will explain why employers in California, and employers doing business in California, need to be aware of two new laws that took effect January 1, 2012 – Senate Bill 909 (S.B. 909) and Assembly Bill 22 (A.B. 22) – that have changed how employment background checks are conducted in the state. S.B. 909 relates to the “offshoring” of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers who are the subjects of background checks outside of the United States and beyond the protection of U.S. privacy laws, while A.B. 22 regulates the use of credit report checks of job applicants and current employees by employers for employment purposes. Participants in Attorney Rosen’s 90 minute webinar ‘Background Checks in California: Recently Passed Legislation, How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, and More’ will learn:

  • The practical implications of A.B. 22 and the short list of circumstances when credit checks on applicants and employees may still be permissible in California.
  • The impact of S.B. 909 and additional procedures required if employers use a background screening firm that offshores any personal information for processing a background check. 
  • How to comply with numerous other “only in California” background check rules affecting the use of criminal records.
  • The forms and procedures required for legal background checks in the state.
Attorney Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive book on employment screening, and is also a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening issues as part of the “ESR Speaks” training program. He was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as first co-chairman. To register for the webinar, visit, An written article by Attorney Rosen, “Background Checks in California: Compliance with a Whole Different Set of Rules than the Rest of the Country,” is available at:  For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and NAPBS accredited background screening firm – at or call 415.898.0044 or 888.999.4474. Source: 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 Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit or call 415.898.0044 or 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].]]>

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