The Safe Hiring Manual

The Safe Hiring Manual by ESR CEO Lester Rosen

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is "the firm that wrote the book on background checks" with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Employment Screening Background Checks for Employers, Recruiters, and Jobseekers’ by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester S. Rosen, who has authored a new updated and expanded second edition of his comprehensive handbook on background screening that was published in October 2012. The 736 page book includes new chapters on the April 2012 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidance on criminal records and social media background checks. For more information and to order the book, visit:

This second edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ is intended to be the most all-encompassing and up to date guide to background checks for employers and is a complete blueprint detail of how to exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process. The book is an ideal tool for employers, Human Resources, security professionals, private investigators, employment law attorneys, and background screening firms that will help them learn:

* How to create and establish comprehensive company policies, practices, and procedures to avoid negligent hiring problems and to stay out of court.
* How to verify degrees and credentials, and legally obtain and use criminal records.
* The best practices associated with all the components of a background check.
* In-depth pre-employment background screening and investigative techniques.
* How to audit the effectiveness of current hiring programs.

In addition, the book details how to exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process, significantly increasing an employer’s chance of avoiding the financial and legal nightmares of even one bad hiring decision. The second edition includes several new features including:

* Analysis of April 2012 EEOC Guidance on the use of criminal record by employers.
* New Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandated forms as of January 1, 2013.
* New chapter on Social Media Background Checks and the legal risks involved.
* New material on lawsuits against employers and background screening firms.
* Updated material on international screening, E-Verify, and use of credit reports.
* More than 200 extra pages in the new expanded edition.

‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ also adds new information about subject matter from the first edition of the book:

* Effective use of applications, interviews, and past employer checks as key hiring tools.
* Compliance with legal mandates including the FCRA, EEOC, Patriot Act, Privacy laws, Sarbanes-Oxley, state law compliance, and other legal issues.
* Critical information on how to identify terrorists and perform international background checks.
* How to select a pre-employment screening firm and how the background screening industry works.

The original edition of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ was the first comprehensive book on how to conduct background checks and exercise due diligence throughout the hiring process. The revised second edition examines developing issues in background checking such as the use of social media to screen candidates, screening employees post-hire, and the dangers of utilizing foreign data centers for screening. The book also updates users on new laws and recent developments in the use of criminal records and credit reports by employers. For more information, visit

About the Author:

Attorney Lester Rosen is Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a San Francisco, CA-area background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a distinction held by less than 2 percent of all screening firms. He is the author of "The Safe Hiring Manual," the most comprehensive book on pre-employment background screening, and 'The Safe Hiring Audit.'
Rosen is also a frequent presenter nationwide and his speaking appearances have included numerous national conferences. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman.