Attorney Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), discussed ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2013 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ during an interview by Stephanie R. Thomas, Ph. D., the host of The Proactive Employer, on February 7, 2013. To listen to the interview of Lester Rosen, visit

Rosen – author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to employment screening updated for a 2nd edition published in October 2012 – compiled the 6th annual ‘ESR Top 10 Background Check Trends for 2013’ featuring emerging and influential trends in the screening industry employers should look for in the coming year. The complete list of trends is available at

“Safe hiring means that you are looking to hire individuals who are qualified, that are truthful, that are safe, that have the credentials that they say they have in past employment and education, and that they will fit into the workforce,” Rosen explained when asked to give an overview of the topic of safe hiring. He also added that a safe hiring program is not just a background check but also includes the interview, job application forms, and contacting past employers.

During the hour long interview, Rosen discussed several trends including the new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance of the use of criminal records by employers, the dangers of using social media for screening, and the “ban the box” movement to remove the question about criminal records on job applications. He also talked about credit reports, international screening, “offshoring” data, “diploma mills,” and workplace violence.

When asked how employers can avoid bad hires and negligent hiring claims, Rosen’s bottom line advice is that they should audit current hiring programs. ESR has developed a 25-Question Safe Hiring Audit Test that covers a broad area of best practices and legal compliance to give employers a basic assessment and needs analysis of their basic processes. The ESR Safe Hiring Audit Test is available at

Rosen has compiled annual lists of top screening trends since 2008 after reviewing evolving hiring practices and demographics, legal cases for background checks, advancements in screening technology, government regulations for screening at the federal and state level, and questions and concerns regarding background checks. For previous lists of top background check trends, visit

The Proactive Employer is a source for the latest news and commentary on workplace issues, HR best practices, employment litigation risk management, and compliance. The show focuses on issues of interest to HR professionals, compliance officers, corporate counsel, employment attorneys, and others interested in workplace issues. The Proactive Employer is available every Thursday at 3:00 PM ET (12 Noon PT) at

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority’ – in 1997 in the San Francisco, California area and the firm is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). For information about background checks from ESR, visit or call 888.999.4474. For  information about speaking events by Lester Rosen, visit


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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