Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), has written an article available on LinkedIn Pulse titled “The Basics of Pre-employment Screening and Safe Hiring – What Every Employer and HR Professional Needs to Know” that provides a basic high-level introduction to background screening and how it fits into the entire hiring picture.
In his article, Rosen – a noted background check expert and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – wrote: “Identifying and hiring the right people is a pre-requisite to success. Conversely, hiring the wrong person can lead to a legal and financial nightmare. Hiring someone that is unqualified, dishonest, unfit, or even dangerous can be a disaster. Just one bad hire can not only cost customers, but can lead to lawsuits, and a variety of disruptions.”
Rosen continued: “There are a great many tools, solutions, and techniques to help employers identify, recruit, attract, hire, and retain outstanding employees. However, even after going through the whole hiring process, there is one more step to take – a firm needs to make sure there is no reason NOT to hire that person. That is why the vast majority of U.S. employers utilize pre-employment background checks.” The article by Rosen will review:
- What is pre-employment screening?
- Why do employers perform pre-employment screening?
- When is pre-employment screening done?
- What is in a background check report?
- How is pre-employment screening regulated?
- What is the process for a background check report?
- What about privacy, information security, and accuracy?
- What about criminal records, are they fair to applicants, and should people get a second chance?
- What rights do job applicants have in the screening process?
- What steps should an employer take to promote due diligence before a background check?
- How does an employer select a screening firm?
- What about international background checks?
- Where can I get more information about background screening?
The article by Rosen covers employer obligations under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that regulates pre-employment screening, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the use of criminal records by employers, and various state and local laws. The complete article is available at www.linkedin.com/pulse/basics-pre-employment-screening-safe-hiring-what-every-lester-rosen/.
In 2003, Rosen was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), a non-profit trade group representing companies offering pre-employment screening services that currently has nearly 900 member companies, and served as the first co-chair. In 2019, he was awarded the PBSA Lifetime Achievement Award. To learn more about the PBSA, visit www.thepbsa.org.
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider founded by Rosen in 1997 in the San Francisco, California area – is accredited by the PBSA, undergoes annual SOC 2® Type 2 audits, adheres to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, and was named the #1 background screening firm in 2020 by HRO Today Magazine’s Baker’s Dozen. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.
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