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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers avoid bad hires by keeping current on background check trends, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) will present a webinar with featuring the ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends of 2014’ on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. For more information, visit

“Employers must be aware of recent laws and regulatory actions that have changed how employers can utilize background checks,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and a frequent speaker of background check issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program.

The webinar ‘Top 10 Background Check Trends of 2014’ has been approved by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit. Attendees of the webinar will learn about the top ten background check trends for 2014 such as:

  • The “Ban the Box” movement that removes the criminal history question from job applications.
  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approach to the use of criminal records.
  • The rise in class action lawsuits involving the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • The offshoring of background check data from background checks overseas.
  • Use of social media in background checks.
  • Use of credit reports.
  • International background checks.

The annual listing of ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ from Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) features emerging and influential trends in the background check industry selected by Rosen. For a complete list of background check trends, please visit

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1997 and the firm is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). His speaking appearances have included national and statewide conferences. For more information about Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – call 888.999.4474 or visit