Background checks in 2014 will be “all about the law” says Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), which just released the 7th Annual ESR Top 10 Background Check Trends. Rosen made the comment in an interview about top trends with Tom Field, Vice President, Editorial of Information Security Media Group, Corp. (ISMG). The complete interview is available at

“Background checks are no longer the vending machine model where you can say ‘Here’s a dollar; give me a piece of data,’” Rosen – author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent speaker on employment screening issues for ‘ESR Speaks’ – said during the interview. “Now it’s squarely in the realm of what can employers legally use; how can they legally obtain it; what is the legal standard of accuracy so it’s usable; what are the legal aspects of even using it in the first place – what are the rules?”

According to interviewer Field, “the new year’s top trends in background screening can be summed up in two words: legal and compliance.” Among the top trends for 2014 are “new momentum for the ‘ban the box’ movement to eliminate criminal history questions from job applications, compliance with updated EEOC guidance, and controversy over the use of commercial criminal databases.” In the 22 minute interview about risk management and the latest screening tips and trends, Rosen discusses:

  • Highlights of the latest report;
  • New views on the relevance of past criminal records; and
  • Emerging legal and compliance implications of background screening.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) to ensure safe workplaces for employers, employees, and the public. The firm is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). He was chairperson of the steering committee that founded NAPBS and has also qualified and testified in Superior Courts as an expert witness on safe hiring issues. For more information, visit, call toll free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].

Information Security Media Group (ISMG) was founded to address the need for an independent source of unbiased information on compliance, governance, fraud, audit, information security, and risk management related topics. ISMG subsequently launched several web sites to address this need for specific sectors. Today, ISMG’s subscriber-base extends from North American markets to Europe, Asia, and Australia. For more information, visit

About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):

Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in the San Francisco, CA-area 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, call toll free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].