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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/2017) authored by Employment Screening Resources (ESR) founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen is “an encyclopedia of hiring guidelines,” according to a review in the December 2017 issue of Security Management magazine.

Following the first and second editions of “The Safe Hiring Manual” published in 2007 and 2012, the newly updated and expanded third edition of the comprehensive guide to employment background checks was published in 2017 and is available to order from BRB Publications and

The December 2017 issue of Security Management magazine – a publication of ASIS International, a global community of security professionals – contains the review written by Kevin Cassidy, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and a member of ASIS, that reads as follows:

​​The third edition of The Safe Hiring Manual could be classified as an encyclopedia of hiring guidelines. This edition is reorganized and improved with an enhanced format that will be beneficial to employers, human resource departments, attorneys, investigators, and security professionals.

Author Lester Rosen leads the reader through a network of policies and procedures and provides practical case scenarios to support his writings. In the first two chapters on establishing a safe hiring program and considerations of discrimination and privacy, Rosen sets the tone and structure for this book. He explains that a safe hiring program must be an integral part of a business, only partly because it will minimize lawsuits.

A primary tenet of a safe hiring program is legal compliance—what an employer legally can and cannot find out about applicants. Rosen breaks down discrimination laws at the state and local levels. He reminds readers that most states have their own laws about civil rights, as well as an agency within state government that enforces them.

Among other topics are the pros and cons of workplace drug testing methods, the basics of social media searches, and E-Verify laws and how they vary in each state. One chapter looks at background investigations from the applicant’s point of view.

Rosen’s writing style is fluid and clear. He discusses legal concepts, laws, and government policies without confusing the reader. There are plenty of website links for further reading, and the author includes a safe hiring checklist and a turnover cost calculator form. This comprehensive book will assist the reader in making prudent decisions and minimizing risk in hiring.

​Founded in 1955, ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners with a role in the protection of people, property, and/or information. ASIS members represent virtually every industry in the public and private sectors, and organizations of all sizes. To learn more, visit

Called the “bible” of background checks, “The Safe Hiring Manual” covers a variety of topics including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Updates to this book and new information can be found at

Along with “The Safe Hiring Manual,” Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Audit” as well as numerous articles, whitepapers, and courses. 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) by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen, visit

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