Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on Performing Background Checks …


Criminal Records Background Check

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of leading global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar entitled “Performing Background Checks and Using Criminal Records” for the Next Concept HR Association (NCHRA) on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Pacific Time. To register for this free event, click here.

The use of criminal records by employers during the hiring process has become a hot-button issue. On one hand, employers concerned about negligent hiring and workplace safety can be sued if they hire a worker with an unsuitable criminal record that causes harm. However, society also want to ensure that ex-offenders have a “second chance” to obtain employment and become law-abiding citizens.

California employers must not only follow the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when performing background checks, but they also must comply with a host of “only in California rules” that impact background checks and the use of criminal records. Rosen will show attendees how to navigate the tricky waters as an employer, and glean tools for the fair and proper use of criminal records.

  • Learn why employers are concerned with criminal records and how they are obtained, interpreted and used legally and fairly.
  • Understand laws impacting the use of criminal records such as California statewide and local “Ban-the-Box” and “Fair Chance” hiring laws, as well as the impact of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance in considering criminal records.
  • Learn why California is different than the rest of the country when it comes to background screening, and how California-specific rules can impact your due diligence processes and create legal risks if not taken into account.

The hour-long webinar from the NCHRA – which is the nation’s second-largest Human Resource (HR) association and serves an HR community of more than 30,000 professionals – qualifies for one (1) California (CA) Recertification Credit  from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and one (1) Professional Development Credit (PDC) from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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). He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Job Seekers,” a comprehensive guide to background checks.

Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as first co-chair. He is also a frequent presenter nationwide on safe hiring issues and has qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding due diligence. To see upcoming events, visit

ESR White Papers about Criminal Records and Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) offers employers several complimentary white papers about criminal records including “National Criminal Search – Fact or Fiction,” “What to Do if an Employer Finds a Criminal Record,” and “What to Do if Your Employee Gets Arrested – Eleven Steps to Consider,” as well as the report “Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring.”

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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