Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester S. Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will participate in a live 90 minute Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinar ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening: Latest Developments’ on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT. For more information about this webinar from Strafford, which will also feature Attorney Pamela Q. Devata of Seyfarth Shaw and Attorney Cindy D. Hanson of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as panelists, visit

“When pre-screening applicants, employers must balance their interest in avoiding negligent hiring and retention claims against the myriad rights of job applicants under federal and state laws,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening that was updated for a Second Edition published in October 2012.

This CLE webinar will examine the legal risks of conducting pre-employment background checks. The panel of Devata, Hanson, and Rosen will discuss recent guidance on criminal background checks from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to provide strategies for minimizing liability exposure for employers when obtaining and using criminal background information to make hiring decisions. The panel will also prepare practitioners to counsel employers on how to structure hiring policies that comply With Title VII, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and state laws.

The panel will review these important issues and answer other key questions:

  • How have employers responded to the EEOC’s recent guidance on criminal background checks?
  • How can businesses balance their duty to conduct due diligence background checks on applicants against their duty not to discriminate in employment decisions?
  • What are the best practices for employers when developing and implementing policies for the use of criminal histories, credit records, and social networking sites in hiring decisions?

The CLE webinar ‘Pre-Employment Background Screening: Latest Developments’ will also outline best practices to minimize litigation risks including weighing the benefits of obtaining data versus potential legal liabilities, developing written policies on what information can be collected and used, enforcing policies consistently and uniformly, and training managers, supervisors, and employees on company policy. Following the speaker presentations, participants will have an opportunity to get answers to specific questions during the interactive Q&A session.

Rosen is a frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. His speaking appearances as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He has also qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Court as an employment screening expert on issues surrounding due diligence. For information on upcoming speaking dates featuring Attorney 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 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.

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