To help show employers how to conduct legal background checks, Jared Callahan of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will present a webinar with Business & Legal Resources (BLR) titled ‘Background Checks: How to Legally Use Criminal Records, Social Media Searches, and More’ on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST (1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST). For more information about the webinar, visit: While background checks can be a great opportunity for employers to learn more about potential employees and to investigate whether job applicants have engaged in unacceptable behavior that may affect hiring decisions, it is crucial for employers to understand the legal parameters to avoid risking costly discrimination and failure-to-hire bias claims. Participants in the interactive 90 minute webinar will learn how to conduct smart background checks to help ensure safe hires. In addition, they will learn:

  • How to tell if running an applicant or employee’s credit could leave a company vulnerable to federal claims.
  • Best practices for complying with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recently issued guidance on using criminal records as part of background checks.
  • Tips for legally conducting Internet searches on potential hires, and the limitations placed on organizations concerning information gleaned from social-networking sites.
  • How to use public records as a tool for conducting background checks and what to look for.
  • Background check practices every employer should use to diminish the risk of negligent hiring claims.
Callahan is a licensed Private Investigator and Director of Business Development for Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a San Francisco, CA-area background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He works with employers to conduct background checks and teaches them about legal compliance in all 50 states. To register for this webinar, visit: For more information about future ‘ESR Speaks’ presentations featuring Callahan and ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Les Rosen, visit To learn more about conducting background checks as part of a Safe Hiring Program (SHP), visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – at, call toll free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. Source: About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more, visit, call 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. 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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