Background check consumer protection watchdog group Concerned CRAs has accepted its 200th participating employment background screening company, according to a press release available at

Concerned CRAs was formed in 2008 by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), Employment Screening Services, and Imperative Information Group to focus on education for consumer protection best practices. To learn more, visit

“Many employers make the mistake of thinking all background check services are the basically the same when, in fact, under the hood, there can be extremely large variations in how firms provide these services,” said Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), while commenting on the 200 member milestone for Concerned CRAs. “Part of the reason behind Concerned CRAs was to highlight two areas where employers may want to carefully examine the way a screening firm operates.”

Employment background screening firms – also called Consumer Reporting Agencies (CRAs) – that join Concerned CRAs pledge to verify the accuracy of information they provide on reports and avoid “offshoring” personal information of Americans used for background check reports outside of the United States.

“We started Concerned CRAs to highlight the fact that there are a lot of good employment screening companies that follow best practices,” Mike Coffey, SPHR, president of Imperative Information Group, stated in the press release. “I’m gratified that we have become the voice of consumer best practices in the employment background check area.”

Background screening firms participating in Concerned CRAs also certify that their practices conform to Concerned CRAs’ guidelines with respect to the responsible use of criminal history information. These guidelines are available at

“Sloppy research and cutting corners by screening firms who look for profits over accuracy is the reason Concerned CRAs was started,” Larry Lambeth, president of Employment Screening Services, stated in the press release. “We constantly get calls from employment applicants wanting to know why another company reported criminal information that was not really them. We virtually always find it was reported through a check of an ‘instant’ criminal database and the Consumer Reporting Agency skipped the procedures to go to the source and properly verify the records.”

A founding member of Concerned CRAs, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a nationwide background check company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). To learn more about background checks, 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.

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