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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The third edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” (Facts On Demand Press/826 Pages) – an “exceptionally well organized and presented” guide to background checks written by Employment Screening Resources (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen – is “a comprehensive blueprint for developing a safe hiring program for employers, human resources, and security professionals,” according to a review featured in the December 2017 issue of the online book review magazine “Library Bookwatch.” 

The first edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” was published in 2007 and the second edition in 2012. For the newly updated and expanded third edition published in 2017 and available to order from BRB Publications and, Rosen draws upon his experience and expertise as a “recognized background screening expert” to go far beyond the typical hiring handbook. The review of the book from the online magazine “Library Bookwatch” published by the Midwest Book Review is as follows:

A recognized background screening expert, Lester S. Rosen, an Attorney at Law, is the Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide accredited background screening company located in Novato, California. In this newly updated and expanded third edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual” he draws upon his experience and expertise to go far beyond the typical hiring handbook. “The Safe Hiring Manual” is a comprehensive blueprint for developing a safe hiring program for employers, human resources, and security professionals. “The Safe Hiring Manual” details how to exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process in order to significantly increase an employer’s chance of avoiding the financial and legal nightmares of even one bad hiring decision. With this new edition of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” companies of all sizes can identify potential problems and insure compliant hiring practices. Of special note is the section devoted to Job Seekers. Significant changes to the third edition 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, plus new federal guidance from the EEOC, FTC, and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). Improvements to the 3rd edition are designed to help the reader utilize all of the books benefits using an easy to follow flow chart. The index is a greatly improved and enhanced with legal-ease material now grouped at the chapter ends, and best practices are visually highlighted so employers may audit their current hiring program. Exceptionally well organized and presented, “The Safe Hiring Manual” is unreservedly recommended for professional, corporate, governmental, community, and academic library Business Management and Jobs/Careers instructional reference collections.

Called the “bible” of background checks, “The Safe Hiring Manual” covers a variety of topics that include information on how to avoid lawsuits involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on the use of criminal records, Ban the Box laws, data protection rules, and social media background checks. Updates to this book and important new information can be found at

In 1997, Rosen founded ESR in the San Francisco Bay area. Along with “The Safe Hiring Manual,” he is the author of “The Safe Hiring Audit” as well as numerous articles, whitepapers, and online courses. A noted background check expert, his speaking appearances have included national and statewide 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.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a leading global background check firm that is accredited by the NAPBS and undergoes annual SOC 2 audits to ensure the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information. To learn more about ESR, visit To learn more about “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers” (Third Edition), visit

Seasons Greetings from ESR!


Employment Screening Resources (ESR) wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. ESR would also like to extend a Season’s Greetings to our valued clients and look forward to serving their screening needs in 2018. ESR offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017, for the Christmas Day Holiday. ESR offices will reopen on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. ESR offices will also be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018, for the New Year’s Day Holiday. ESR offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

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