To help Human Resources professionals understand the current trends, best practices, and legal developments affecting due diligence and hiring, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar titled ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012’ for the Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this program, which is approved for 1.0 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute, visit: PIHRA Webinar ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012’. “Many employee problems are caused by problem employees,” says Rosen, a background check expert and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “This session will help HR professionals avoid bad hires in the first place by keeping current on trends, best practices, and legal developments affecting background checks and in their hiring programs.” Participants in the webinar will learn legally complaint best practices to keep a business productive and out of court and steps a firm can take immediately to avoid a bad hire. This session will review the top ten trends and best practices for 2012 when it comes to background checks and safe hiring, including:

  • The use (and misuse) of social networking sites and social media for screening job applicants;
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approach to the use of criminal records and credit reports;
  • International background screening;
  • Resume fraud and degree/diploma mills;
  • Privacy and offshoring of personal data outside of U.S.; 
  •  Tools to protect against workplace violence; and
  • Other trends affecting background checks.
“Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission critical task,” says Rosen, a frequent speaker nationwide as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program. “Firms cannot afford to be sidetracked by employee problems such as workplace violence, theft, false resumes, embezzlement, harassment or trumped-up injury claims. Employers can be the subject of lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire someone that they should have known, through the exercise of due diligence, was dangerous, unfit, dishonest or unqualified,” he adds. The speaker, Attorney Lester Rosen, founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background screening company located in the San Francisco, California-area, in 1997. ESR is an accredited firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) accreditation program. Rosen is a nationally recognized expert on safe hiring issues who was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as the first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. The webinar ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2012’ requires a two-part registration. After registering on the PIHRA site, registrants should look for a link in the confirmation email to complete the second part of the registration and receive the link to access the webinar. Registration for the webinar closes on May 17, 2012. A California nonprofit professional association, PIHRA is dedicated to the continuous enhancement of human resources through networking, learning and advocacy and serves all levels of human resource practitioners and providers. For more information, visit For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the NAPBS – at or call ESR at 415.898.0044 or Toll Free at 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 a small percentage of 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].]]>