Safe Hiring Expert Reviews Top Ten Trends for Background Checks at IHR Virtual Conference on June 13

Posted June 9, 2011 — By Tom Ahearn, ESR News Editor

To assist Human Resources professionals develop best practices for background checks, Attorney Lester Rosen, noted safe hiring expert and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live webcast titled ‘The Top Ten Trends for Background Checks in 2011 – What Every Employer Needs to Know’ on Monday, June 13 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ET at the Online Staffing and Sourcing virtual conference presented by the Institute for Human Resources (IHR), the certification and accreditation arm of To register for the event, visit the IHR Online Staffing and Sourcing Virtual Conference page at

“Firms cannot afford to be sidetracked by employee problems such as workplace violence, theft, false resumes, embezzlement, harassment, or trumped-up injury claims,” warns Rosen, the author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening, and ‘The Safe Hiring Audit.’ “Employers can be the subject of lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire someone that they should have known, through the exercise of due diligence, was dangerous, unfit, dishonest, or unqualified.”

This one hour long session will review the top ten trends for background checks in 2011 and the best practices for Human Resources professionals to follow for safe hiring, including the use of social network sites for screening, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approach to the use of criminal records and credit reports, international background screening, resume fraud, dealing with temporary workers, off shoring of personal data, and tools to protect against workplace violence. Learning points of the session include:

  • Why background checks and due diligence have become mission critical for employers.
  • Understanding the current trends, best practices and legal developments affecting due diligence and safe hiring.
  • Getting acquainted with cutting edge issues such as the new EEOC focus on criminal records and credit reports and the use of social network sites for background screening.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1997 in the San Francisco area and the company is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a trade organization for the background screening industry. He is also a frequent presenter nationwide for the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check speaking and training program. For information about ‘ESR Speaks,’ visit

“Employers have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires is a mission critical task,” Rosen adds. “They must learn legally complaint best practices to keep a business productive and out of court and what steps to take immediately to avoid a bad hire.” created virtual conferences – VIEW (Virtual Interactive Educational World) – to bring Human Resources professionals the value of HR events without the expense. For more information about upcoming virtual conferences, visit

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco area with a mission to help employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and provides industry leading technology, legal compliance, service, turnaround, and accuracy. ESR also wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by founder and President Lester Rosen. For more information about ESR, visit