Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar titled ‘Background Checks in California: Know the Rules of the Road Before Getting on the Freeway’ with HR Hero® on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To register for the 90 minute webinar, which has been approved for up to 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), visit: “There are many tools that allow employers to conduct thorough background checks on job applicants, but it is crucial to understand the legal parameters and how to conduct smart background checks to help ensure safe hires in order to avoid the risk of costly discrimination and failure-to-hire bias claims,” says Rosen, the author of the newly updated second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ available at:   The webinar ‘Background Checks in California: Know the Rules of the Road Before Getting on the Freeway’ will focus two critical screening laws were recently added in California – Senate Bill 909 and Assembly Bill 22, which deal with the “offshoring” of personal data outside the U.S. and the use of credit reports – that change how employers in the Golden State are allowed to conduct background checks. Participants in this informative event for Human Resources (HR) professionals will learn the legal ‘dos and don’ts’ for conducting background checks on employees and job applicants in California. Webinar attendees will learn:

  • The basics of background checks and the law, particularly as they affect California employers.
  • When you should be using background checks — and when you should not.
  • What you’re legally allowed to do with the information you find.
  • A strong understanding of California Acronym Soup, including ICRA, FEHA, and ICR.
  • What checkboxes mean to you in California, and why ignoring them can land you in hot water.
  • A primer on the special California rules on Consent and Disclosure.
  • Everything you wanted to know about California background check paperwork but were afraid to ask.
  • How the math is really done when it comes to those seven-year limits on criminal records.
  • What being a “No Arrest” state means, and what that means to pending cases and employers.
  • How to properly do “due diligence” while confidently steering clear of any legal dangers, so that you’re better able to guide your company to successful, happy hires.
The presenter Rosen is a nationally recognized safe hiring expert who was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (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 for the “ESR Speaks” training program. For more information about future speaking dates, visit HR Hero® provides legal information, training, and compliance tools on state and federal employment law, supervisor training, and employee management for HR and other business professionals and is supported by the Employers Counsel Network (ECN), a select group of attorneys from top law firms in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. To learn more, visit For information about using background checks as part of a Safe Hiring Program (SHP), visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ and a nationwide background screening firm accredited by the NAPBS® – at, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].    Sources: 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]. To subscribe to the complimentary ESRcheck Report monthly newsletter, please visit]]>