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Conducting background checks on new hires is a critical part of an employer's due diligence obligations.Those checks typically include looking at past criminal matters. However, use of criminal records and hiring has become a complex and highly regulated area for employers. Employers must understand the legal limitations on the use of a criminal record, including state and local Ban the Box and Fair Chance hiring laws as well as the EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal records issued in 2012.
Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (www.ESRcheck.com ), a national background screening company located in 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 (728 pages-Facts on Demand Press/2d Edition September 2012), 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.
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.