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Written By Thomas Ahearn

ESR CEO Attorney Lester RosenAttorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of San Francisco area-based background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Only in California: Using Background Checks to Hire the Best and Stay Out of Court’ at the 2014 San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. For more information about San Francisco HR Star, which takes place from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time, visit

“Background screening is done much differently in the Independent republic of California than in the other 49 states,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ “While California employers always need to follow the federal law known as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, there are additional California rules and requirements when it comes to background checks.”

In this session, HR Star attendees will learn about critical California only requirements including how California laws regarding due diligence and background checks are unique and different than the rest of the United States, key areas where businesses that hire or employ in California face significant exposure for damages, and how to audit current practices in California for legal compliance.

“Given the large risk with just one bad hire, California employers cannot simply opt out of these complexities by not doing background checks,” Rosen says. “The bottom line is that employers must exercise due diligence and follow all complex requirements for California.”

The annual San Francisco HR Star Conference draws more than 800 HR professionals from organizations in Northern California.  Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – will be one of the exhibitors at the 2014 San Francisco HR Star Conference. For more information about Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), visit, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email [email protected].


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