To help Human Resources professionals legally avoid bad hires, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will host a webinar with titled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ on September 19, 2013 at 1:00 EDT/10:00 PDT. To register for the webinar – which has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) – please visit

“Employee problems are caused by problem employees,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent speaker on due diligence issues for the ‘ESR Speaks’ training program. “In this session, HR professionals will learn legally complaint best practices to keep a business productive and out of court, including how to obtain and utilize criminal record and background information on job applicants.”

Participants in the 90 minute webinar will be updated on recent legal developments and cutting edge issues such as the use of social networking sites and new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records in hiring. Areas covered in the session designed for HR professionals, hiring managers, employment attorneys, and anyone else with responsibilities for hiring and legal compliance include:

  • Learn why background checks and due diligence have become mission critical for employers.
  • Understand the basics of a negligent hiring lawsuit and defenses that work and do not work.
  • Get acquainted with best practices and cutting edge issues such as the new EEOC focus on criminal records and credit reports and the use of social network sites.
  • Learn how to spot fraudulent employment and education credentials.
  • Review best hiring practices including the application, interview, and past employment checking processes.

“Negligent hiring is one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation,” Rosen warns. “Just one bad hire can result in a legal and financial nightmare. Without taking appropriate steps, there is a near statistical certainty that an employer will hire someone with an unsuitable criminal record or a falsified background that can result in lawsuits for negligent hiring and time wasted hiring the wrong person.”

Rosen is a frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding due diligence. He also was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and served as first co-chairman.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a nationwide background screening company located in the San Francisco, California area that is an accredited by NAPBS. For more information about legally compliance background checks from Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), please visit or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.


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


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