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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider that enables employers to make informed hiring decisions quickly and easily – will announce the selection of the 10th annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2017 by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen. The list featuring emerging and influential trends in the background check industry will be available during the month of December 2016 at

“For the past decade, Employment Screening Resources has selected background check trends that will substantially impact the future of the screening industry,” says Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide for background checks that is undergoing a revision for a 3rd Edition to be released in January 2017. “There will be a new number one top trend for 2017,” adds Rosen, a noted safe hiring expert and frequent speaker on background check issues at numerous national conferences.

Each of the top background check trends will be announced via the ESR News Blog throughout the month of December 2016 and listed on the ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends’ webpage on the ESR website. The complete list of the top background check trends will be available in early January 2017. Since 2008, Rosen has selected the top background check trends after carefully reviewing developments from various sources regarding employment screening background checks that include:

  • News reports about the background check industry.
  • Hiring practices and demographics.
  • Legal cases concerning background check usage.
  • Background check technology advancements.
  • New government background check regulations at the federal and state level.
  • Questions and concerns raised by employers, recruiters, human resources professionals, and the security industry regarding background check usage.

Rosen is a noted background check expert and the creator of a comprehensive ESR Online Safe Hiring Certification Course. He has also written numerous articles and whitepapers on the subject of background checks. In addition, he has been quoted in the news as a background check expert in various stories that deal with due diligence background checks performed for employment purposes.  He has also qualified as an expert witness in court cases involving safe hiring and background checks.

Founded by Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a global background check firm headquartered in the San Francisco, California-area and accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). Rosen was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as first co-chair. ESR has also successfully completed a SOC 2® Type 2 Audit Report. For more information about ESR, call toll free 888.999.4474 or visit

ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends Webinar

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen will host a live complimentary webinar entitled ‘ESR Top Ten Background Checks Trends for 2017’ on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time. In addition, Rosen will write a complimentary whitepaper about the Top Ten Background Checks Trends for 2017 that will be released along with the webinar. To register for the free webinar, please visit

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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