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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar for TrainHR entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ on Friday,  January 13, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST / 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM EST. To register for the webinar, please visit

This 90 minute workshop will review legal and effective techniques for the reference checking processes including how to verify education and spot worthless degrees and phony employment credentials. Rosen – author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ – will cover the legal landscape concerning past employment reference checks, including an employer’s potential liability when providing – or not providing – information. Other topics covered in this online training session will include:

  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant’s past employment and education accomplishments.
  • Explore why employment reference checking creates legal issues for employers and strategies for obtaining information and dealing with requests from other employers.
  • Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
  • Review new technologies and approaches to credentials verifications.
  • Understand special issues when it comes to social media sites and employment and education verification.

‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking and Education Verification’ will also include helpful insights and best practices on when asking for past employment information, handling verification of current employment, what to do if past employers no longer exist, military employment, and dealing with employment databases. New technology and approaches will be reviewed, as well as special issues involving international credentials and the role of social media sites in the process.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in 1997. He is a frequent presenter on reference and verification issues nationwide. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), and served as the first co-chairman. ESR is accredited by the NAPBS and undergoes annual SOC 2® data security audits to ensure consumer protection. To learn more about ESR, 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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