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Webinar – Negligent Hiring and Background Checks in California – Best Practices and Legal Compliance

In this webinar sponsored by PASCO (Professional Association of Sonoma County), attendees will learn how just one bad hire can result in a legal and financial nightmare. Without taking appropriate steps, there is a near statistical certainty that an employer will hire someone with an unsuitable criminal record or a falsified background that can result in workplace violence, lawsuits for negligent hiring, and time wasted recruiting and hiring the wrong person. On the other side of the screening fence, are the rising tides of lawsuits against employers alleging screening methods violate the law or are at odds with changes in civil rights legislation. California employers, in particular, need to be concerned about legal compliance since there is a host of “Only in California” laws in addition to numerous federal requirements. The hiring landscape is more complex than ever. Attendees will learn legally compliant best practices to keep their businesses productive and out of court. Explore how to obtain and utilize criminal records and background information on job applicants as well as past employment and education credentials. Get updated on recent legal developments and hear case studies that demonstrate what steps employers should take and mistakes to avoid. Learn about cutting-edge issues such as the use of social media background checks, new HR technology, “Ban the Box” laws that help applicants with criminal records have a fair chance at employment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approach to the use of criminal records and credit reports, and how to avoid class action lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The webinar presenter is noted background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” and founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a global background screening company headquartered in Northern California.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Learning points:

  • Learn how the background screening landscape has changed and the due diligence you need to have in place to avoid a lawsuit. 
  • Understand the basics of a negligent hiring lawsuit and defenses that work and do not work
  • Get acquainted with cutting edge issues and new legislation that affects you such as “ban the Box,” the EEOC Guidance on criminal records and the latest on FCRA class action lawsuits.  
  • Understand why “California is Different” when it comes to hiring and due diligence
  • Learn how to spot fraudulent employment and education credentials
  • Get updated on the latest best practices and new technologies
  • Learn what your organization can do today to ensure a legally compliant program and hire the best employees


Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background screening company headquartered in Northern California. ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program.

He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual– The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers” (826 pages-Facts on Demand Press/ed Edition September 2017), the first comprehensive book on employment screening. He has also written “The Safe Hiring Audit,” published in 2008. He is also a consultant, writer, and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He is also a former Deputy District Attorney and criminal defense lawyer whose cases have included murder and death penalty matters.

Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) a professional trade organization for the screening industry and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.


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