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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 live webinar for Business and Legal Resources (BLR) entitled ‘California Background Checks: Best Practices for Hiring in the Golden State’ on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, visit

In the 90 minute webinar, Rosen – author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a comprehensive guide to background checks – will explain how job applicants in California have even greater rights regarding background checks. In addition to being covered by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), California job applicants are also covered under a number of “Only in California” laws, including:

  • California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRA).
  • California Labor Code.
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
  • New “Ban the Box” laws in California.
  • California state-specific rules covering credit reports, social media passwords, and offshoring of screening information.

California employers also need to be aware of shifting laws that affect background checks, such as legalized marijuana use and required background checks into transportation network company (TNC) drivers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set guidelines for background checks, making it essential for employers to maintain policies consistent with business necessity.

The webinar ‘California Background Checks: Best Practices for Hiring in the Golden State’ will answer critical questions on how to legally conduct employee background checks in California and will provide a roadmap for navigating the rules in California to staying compliant with federal guidelines to avoid costly lawsuits related to background check screening processes. Some other topics Rosen will cover include:

  • The importance of getting permission and using the proper forms when a background check is being conducted—and the high stakes if you don’t.
  • FCRA and EEOC rules to abide by concerning employee background checks.
  • How to ensure compliance with ICRA, FEHA, Fair Chance laws, and other California regulations.
  • Whether you have to explain if you decide against hiring someone because of a criminal record—and why.
  • Whether you use social media, such as Facebook, when checking a prospective employee’s background.

This program has been pre-approved through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR and SPHR recertification and through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)  for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. To register for this webinar, visit

Rosen is a nationally recognized background check expert and a frequent presenter on safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances for “ESR Speaks” include numerous state and national conferences. He was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and served as first co-chair.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in the San Francisco, California-area in 1997. ESR is a global provider of background checks that is accredited by the NAPBS® and also undergoes yearly SOC 2® data security audits to protect the security, confidentiality, and privacy of the information used by ESR to process background checks. To learn more 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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