Attorney Lester Rosen, the Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) who “wrote the book on background checks,” has authored a new updated and expanded second edition of his comprehensive handbook on background screening, ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers’ (Facts on Demand Press). The 736 page book, which will be published in October 2012, includes new chapters on the April 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal records and social media background checks. For more information and to order the book, visit: “This second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ is intended to be the most all-encompassing and up to date guide to background checks for employers,” explains Rosen, who completed a prior revision to the manuscript in 2007 and also wrote a second book, ‘The Safe Hiring Audit,’ in 2008. “‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ is a complete blueprint detail of how to exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process.” ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ is an ideal tool for employers, Human Resources, security professionals, private investigators, employment law attorneys, and background screening firms that will help them learn:

  • How to create and establish comprehensive company policies, practices, and procedures to avoid negligent hiring problems and to stay out of court.
  • How to verify degrees and credentials, and legally obtain and use criminal records.
  • The best practices associated with all the components of a background check.
  • In-depth pre-employment background screening and investigative techniques.
  • How to audit the effectiveness of current hiring programs.
In addition, ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ details how to exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process, significantly increasing an employer’s chance of avoiding the financial and legal nightmares of even one bad hiring decision. The second edition of the book includes several new features including:
  • Analysis of April 2012 EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal record by employers.
  • New Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandated forms as of January 1, 2013.
  • New chapter on Social Media Background Checks and the legal risks involved.
  • New material on lawsuits against employers and background screening firms.
  • Updated material on international screening, E-Verify, and use of credit reports.
  • More than 200 extra pages in the new expanded edition.
‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ also adds new information about subject matter from the first edition of the book:
  • Effective use of applications, interviews, and past employer checks as key hiring tools.
  • Compliance with legal mandates including the FCRA, EEOC, Patriot Act, Privacy laws, Sarbanes-Oxley, state law compliance, and other legal issues.
  • Critical information on how to identify terrorists and perform international background checks.
  • How to select a pre-employment screening firm and how the background screening industry works.
“The original edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ was the first comprehensive book on how to conduct background checks and exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process,” says Rosen, a popular speaker on screening topics. “The revised second edition examines developing issues in background checking such as the use of social media to screen candidates, screening employees post-hire, and the dangers of utilizing foreign data centers for screening. The book also updates users on new laws and recent developments in the use of criminal records and credit reports by employers.” The author Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1997 to ensure safe workplaces for employers, employees, and the general public, and the company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by less than 2 percent of all screening firms. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a non-profit trade group representing the screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide at human resources and security conferences. ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ is available from, the book’s publisher BRB Publications, and booksellers nationwide. For more information, visit To learn more about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – at, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected]. Book Information: Title: The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers’ (Second Edition). Author: Lester S. Rosen. Published: October 2012. ISBN#: 978-1-889150-56-7. Pages: 736. Price: $24.95. 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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