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ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, a noted background check expert and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘The Top 10 Trends for Background Checks in 2014: What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM ET at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida. For details about the session at SHRM Annual, visit

“HR professionals have long recognized that due diligence on new hires is a mission critical task,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent speaker at past SHRM events. “It is important to stay current on new tools available, as well as an increase in litigation, regulation and legislation.”

During the SHRM Annual session – worth 1.25 HR Credit – Rosen will review the top 10 trends and best practices for 2014 for background checks and safe hiring, including social networking sites and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approach to the use of criminal records and credit reports. This session will help SHRM Annual attendees to avoid bad hires by keeping current on trends, best practices, and legal compliance affecting background checks and due diligence in hiring.

Founded in 1948, SHRM is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries. This 2014 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition will feature Opening General Session Speaker Robin Roberts, a Closing General Session featuring Mrs. Laura Bush, and Entertainer Tim McGraw. To register for the event – which takes place June 22 to June 25, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center on 9990 International Drive in Orlando, Florida – visit

The 7th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ list features a list of emerging and influential trends in the background check industry selected by Rosen. For 2014, the ‘Ban the Box’ movement that eliminates criminal history question from job applications topped the list. To view a list of background check trends for the current year, visit

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in 1997 and the firm is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners® (NAPBS). He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the screening industry. For more information about Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), visit, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].

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