To help Human Resources professionals understand the importance of due diligence background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen – Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – will present a session titled ‘Negligent Hiring Mock Trial: HR in the Hot Seat’ at the HR West® 2013 Conference on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The session takes place from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. For more information, visit

“Negligent hiring is one of the fastest-growing areas of employment litigation,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to screening updated for a second edition published in October 2012. “Hiring someone with a criminal record or falsified background can result in workplace violence, lawsuits for negligent hiring, and time wasted recruiting and hiring the wrong person.”

In the session – described by Rosen as “an educational episode of ‘Law and Order’ for Employers and HR professionals” – audience members will act as jurors in a negligent hiring mock trial demonstration, featuring opening statements, cross-examination of an HR professional, closing arguments, jury instructions, and a jury verdict. The session qualifies for PHR-CA/SPHR-CA and Legal Education credits.

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 conferences and webinars for ‘ESR Speaks’ at

The HR West® 2013 Conference is presented by the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) and takes place from April 22 to 24, 2013 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, CA. All conference sessions have been pre-approved for recertification credits toward PHR, SPHR, PHR-CA, SPHR-CA and GPHR. For more information about the conference, visit

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a nationwide background screening firm accredited by the NAPBS®, a distinction held by a small percentage of screening firms. ESR is the only screening provider with the ESR Assured Compliance® system delivering automatic and real-time legal compliance while lowering risk and total cost. For more information, visit, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or stop by Booth 47 at the HR West® 2013 Conference.


About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):

Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– 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