Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webinar entitled “Verifying Employment, Education, and Credentials” on May 30, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT. The webinar is the third in a four-part series with business and compliance experts Aurora Training Advantage. To register for the event, click here.

With hiring decisions becoming more critical in the current talent shortage, verifying past employment and education credentials has become critical. Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments is a significant problem for employers since it is easy for job applicants to obtain worthless degrees from “diplomas mills” and fake job histories from websites. Attendees will:

  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant’s past employment and education accomplishments.
  • Explore why employment references create 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 diploma mills.
  • Review new technologies and approaches to credentials verifications.
  • Understand special issues when it comes to social media sites and employment and education verification.

The webinar by Rosen will review legal and effective techniques for the reference checking processes including how to verify education and spot worthless degrees and phony credentials. Other areas covered include the legal landscape concerning past employment references, including an employer’s potential liability when providing information and when it is not provided, and what to do if the past employer no longer exists.

The webinar “Verifying Employment, Education, and Credentials” has been approved for 1.5 credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). For more information about the webinar or to register for the event, visit

The other three webinars in the series are “Background Checks: Best Practices, Trends, and Legal Compliance” presented on March 21, 2018, “Legally Obtaining and Using Criminal Records, and the Impact of the EEOC and Ban the Box” presented on April 11, 2018, and “The Legal Use of Social Media, Credit Reports, Driving Records, and International Screening in Hiring” to be presented on June 28, 2018.

Upon completion of the four-part curriculum – either by attending the live webinar or by listening to a recorded version – participants will be recognized for successfully completing a course of professional study with a “Certificate of Completion of a Course of Study for Background Checking Essentials” that represents a professional commitment to continual learning and skill development in this field.

Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive book on background checks, and “The Safe Hiring Audit.” He is a frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues with speaking appearances at numerous national and statewide conferences. He has qualified and testified in the Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding due diligence.

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) and undergoes annual SOC 2 audits to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information used during background checks for employment purposes. To learn more about ESR, visit

Employment and Education Verifications from ESR

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a leading global background check firm – provides three levels of verifications to give employers the flexibility to customize employment and education verifications with unique business rules.  ESR can also check the credentials, licenses, and references of job applicants.  To learn more, 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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