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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Nationally recognized background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has authored an updated and enhanced third edition of his comprehensive book on background screening entitled “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers”  (Facts on Demand Press/826 pages) to help employers conduct legal background checks. For more information and to order this book, which was published in January of 2017, please visit

Described as “the bible of background checks,” the third edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” is currently available at a list price of $24.95 on Amazon, the BRB Publications website, and bookstores nationwide. “The Safe Hiring Manual” goes far beyond the typical hiring handbook and is a comprehensive blueprint for developing a safe hiring program for employers, human resources, and security professionals. Rosen details how to exercise due diligence in the hiring process to avoid the costly financial and legal nightmare of even one bad hiring decision. Some of the topics covered in the book include:

  • Information on how to avoid lawsuits involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance.
  • Updates on Discrimination, Ban-the-Box, Privacy, and Data Protection Rules.
  • International Screening, Social Media Searches, Criminal Records, and Credit Checks.
  • Negligent Hiring, Insider Threats, State Laws, and 2nd Chances for Ex-Offenders.

Significant changes to the third edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” include both updated content and a re-organized flow. Updated content includes analysis of recent court decisions and new discrimination and privacy laws affecting employers, as well as guidance from the federal government on performing background checks when hiring. With this book – which also includes tips from several attorneys who are experts in the complex and ever-changing field of labor and employment law – companies of all sizes can identify potential problems with background checks and ensure compliant hiring practices such as:

  • How to create and establish comprehensive screening policies, practices, and procedures.
  • How to verify degrees and credentials, and legally obtain and use criminal records.
  • The best practices associated with all the components of a background check.
  • In-depth pre-employment background screening and investigative techniques.
  • How to audit the effectiveness of current safe hiring programs.

Rosen founded  Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in the San Francisco, California area in 1997. ESR is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as first co-chair. Rosen is a frequent presenter on safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances for the “ESR Speaks” program include numerous state, national, and international conferences. Updates to “The Safe Hiring Manual” and new information can be found online at

Along with “The Safe Hiring Manual,” Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Audit.”  He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Court as an employment screening expert on issues surrounding safe hiring.  He has been quoted by USA Today, Businessweek, Reuters, Christian Science Monitor, HR Magazine, and numerous newspapers, websites, and trade journals across the U.S. He also created the ESR Online Safe Hiring Certification Course and has written numerous blogs, articles, and whitepapers on employment screening and selects the annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends.

Rosen graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and received a J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis School of Law, serving on the school Law Review. He specialized in criminal law and his practice has included federal crimes and death penalty cases. He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in Martindale-Hubbell. He has served as an adjunct professor of law teaching criminal law and procedure at Hastings College of the Law, and has served as faculty member and program chairman of the nationally recognized Hastings College of Trial Advocacy.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a strategic choice for employers needing compliant and accurate background check services to help them quickly make informed hiring decisions.  ESR is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a distinction held by a small percentage of screening firms, and undergoes yearly SSAE18 SOC 2® audits to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information used for background checks.  For more information about ESR, 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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