Attorney Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an interactive webinar for Thompson Media Group, ‘Avoiding Negligent Hiring with Background Checks,’ on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To learn more about the webinar, which has been pre-approved for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), please visit

“Background checks are a necessary step in avoiding negligent hiring,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide for employment screening that was updated for a second edition published in October 2012. “Even after the most diligent candidate selection process, hiring someone without conducting a thorough background check can lead to major legal and financial ramifications for a company.  If new hires are dishonest about education, employment or criminal history, employers could face the burden of having unqualified workers or even violent employees in their offices.”

During the 90 minute Intermediate level webinar, Rosen will help employers understand how to practice due diligence in hiring new employees and discuss strategies and trends in obtaining and utilizing background check information to keep employers from facing negligent hiring lawsuits. By knowing the proper way to conduct a thorough background check before making a hiring decision, employers can spot dishonest credentials and potential hiring red flags. Participants in the webinar targeted for Human Resource Professionals, Hiring Managers, Recruiters, Corporate Counsel, and Executive Management will learn:

  • How to identify fraudulent employment and education credentials.
  • How federal laws impact background checks.
  • Why background checks are a necessity for employers.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) stance on using criminal records, credit reports, and social networking sites to screen candidates.
  • What employers should you do if they face negligent hiring lawsuits.

A nationally recognized safe hiring expert, Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1997 in the San Francisco, California-area and the company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). He was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a non-profit trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide who has appeared at numerous national conferences for “ESR Speaks.” To learn more, visit

Before founding Employment Screening Resources (ESR), Rosen previously served in the Riverside County District Attorney’s office, working on career criminal and homicide prosecutions. Later, in private practice, he specialized in criminal law and his practice has included federal crimes and death penalty cases. He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in Martindale-Hubbell. He has qualified and testified in the California Superior Court as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and also served as an adjunct professor of law at Hastings College of the Law. Rosen earned his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law, serving on the school Law Review.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – is a nationwide background screening provider accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For more information about ESR, visit, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].


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 about ESR, visit or call toll free 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]. To subscribe to the ESR News Blog Feed, visit To subscribe to the complimentary ESRcheck Report monthly newsletter, please visit


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