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ESR Founder & CEO Attorney Lester Rosen

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar titled “Background Checks in California: HR Best Practices Given EEOC Guidance, the FCRA & Ban-the-Box Laws” on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific. For more information about the webinar, please visit

Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers” (Facts on Demand Press / 736 Pages). He is a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening issues and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He has qualified and testified in the California as an employment screening expert.

Attendees of this interactive webinar – which has been approved for up to 1.5 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) – will learn:

  • How to ensure that current employment screening practices don’t run afoul to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on background checks concerning criminal and arrest records or state law or local ordinances passed here in California.
  • Examples of ban-the-box legislation across the country and the practical impact the trend here in California has on compliance obligations.
  • Which employers are affected by the state’s ban-the-box law (AB 218) and how to ensure compliance
  • The anatomy of a discrimination claim based on the use of criminal records and signs of vulnerability to disparate impact and disparate treatment claims under Title VII.
  • Why’s important to understand the legal difference between arrest and conviction records.
  • How to tell if a request for a certain type of record—such as a criminal record or a credit report—is “job-related and consistent with business necessity” as the EEOC enforcement guidance requires.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirements concerning adverse employment action related to background information obtained—what you must give an applicant or employee before acting in that case.
  • Tips on how to develop a legally defensible background check screening process.

A recognized expert in background checks, Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a professional trade organization for the screening industry. He founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in Northern California in 1997 and the firm is accredited by the NAPBS. For more information about ESR, call 888-999-4474 or visit

More Information about California Background Checks

Read the article California Background Checks: Different from the Rest of the United States by Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) on the website at