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The Safe Hiring Manual: The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace Paperback – January 1, 2007

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"A comprehensive reference for the critically-important area of applicant/employee background checking/verification in this era of privacy protection." -- Craig Pratt, SPHR

"Extraordinarily detailed and complete book . . . can be used to help protect a company from criminal acts and civil liability." -- Security Management, Sept. 2005

"This book is an invaluable resource for any company concerned about potential losses due to fraud." -- John D. Gill, J.D., CFE

"This reviewer cannot think of an iota not addressed for those firms caring enough to conduct due diligence." -- Pat Beltrante, Professional Investigator

About the Author

Author Lester S. Rosen is an attorney-at-law and founder of Employment Screening Resources, a national pre-employment screening firm. He was the founding co-chair of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Facts on Demand Press is an Imprint of BRB Publications, Inc. the nation’s leading publisher of public record sourcebooks and electronic products.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Facts On Demand Press; 4th Updated edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889150444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889150444
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lester S. Rosen is a nationally recognized expert on background checks and employment screening. He is an attorney and CEO of Employment Screening Resources ( a leading national pre-employment screening firm accredited by NAPBS.

Mr. Rosen graduated UCLA with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and received a J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis School of Law, serving on the school Law Review. After practicing in a large Los Angeles law firm for three years with an emphasis in civil litigation and employment law, he joined the Riverside County District Attorneys office. His duties included career criminal and homicide prosecutions. He opened a private criminal law practice in Marin County in 1985. He specialized in criminal law and his practice has included federal crimes and death penalty cases. He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in Martindale-Hubbell. He has served as an adjunct professor of law teaching criminal law and procedure at Hastings College of the Law, and has served as faculty member and program chairman of the nationally recognized Hastings College of Trial Advocacy.

In 1996, he established Employment Screening Resources (ESR) , dedicated to promoting a safe and profitable workplace for both employers and employees. In 2003, that firm was rated as the top screening firm in the US in the first independent study of the industry in research report prepared by the Intellectual Capital Group, a division of

He is a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He has qualified and testified in the California Superior Court as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. In 2000, he testified as an expert on background screening on behalf of the plaintiff in a case where the jury awarded 9.3 million dollars to the family of a doctor murdered by a carpet cleaner who was hired without any background investigation.

He is the author of: "The Safe Hiring Manual." (Facts on Demand Publications). That book was first published in 2004, and the second edition was published in 2012. He is also featured as the narrator in a 23 minute training video by Kantola Productions called, "Safe Hiring: How You Can Avoid Bad Hires."

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 which has nearly 300 members. He was also elected to the first board of directors and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

He has also been active in working on legislation in California. In 2002, he worked with the California legislature to amend AB 655, a law that adversely affected employers in the area of reference checks and hiring in California. He continues to be involved in working on California legislation effecting employers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HR Reader on January 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
For anyone involved in hiring, security, human resources, background screening or labor law, this is a "must have" book. The first half of the book is a very practical and in-depth "how-to" for employers who want to protect their workplace from criminals, terrorist or imposters. It goes well beyond just background screening, and covers the critical aspects of the application, interviewing and reference checking process as part of a safe hiring program. The chapters on negligent hiring, the FCRA and privacy are also critical. There is also an in-depth discussion on the how to legally obtain and utilize criminal records. The second half contains a resources library with chapters on subjects such as terrorism, international background checks, fraud and embezzlement, workplace violence and drug testing. This is the only source of information I have located on international background screening and the issues associated with keeping potential terrorist out of your workforce. The safe hiring audit alone makes this book indispensable. The books 512 pages is nearly an encyclopedia of safe hiring and pre-employment background screening. It reviews the screening industry in some detail as well. The book is very valuable for any employer attempting to outsource employment screening. What is also interesting is that the book also has a chapter that examines employment screening from the applicant's point of view, and even contains information on how job seekers with criminal records can find jobs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. O'Sullivan on November 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
As the title implies, this really is The Complete Guide to safe hiring. Rosen's step-by-step descriptions and instructions are an invaluable resource to any HR or Security professional, or lawyer, concerned with how to effectively implement (and/or measure) an employment screening policy. A "must have" for any organization's hiring procedures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Murphy on December 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
This this really is a must have for anyone working in the background screening industry. I'm a licensed PI specializing in pre-employment safe hiring and find myself referencing this on a daily basis to be sure the raw data I receive is relayed to our end users in a manner that is compliant with the FCRA and all the State and Federal laws. It's a great safety net. I recommend this to all the HR professionals I work with as well. While I'm concerned more with the legal compliance aspects of background screening, the wealth of knowledge regarding the whole hiring process is really un-matched. I'd strongly recommend anyone in this growing industry have a copy on their desk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John T. Pool on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
When my organization started providing background screening services to our clients, I was told that this book contained everything I would need to know to get started and more. They were correct. I use it almost daily and have almost worn it out. Since then I've personally met the author, Attorney Les Rosen, and heard him speak at professional organizations about 'safe hiring' and background screening. He is indeed "the expert".

You will find this book well organized and indexed which is helpful if you plan on using it often for reference. What I really appreciated was finding "step-by-step" instructions, examples, sample documents, etc. He has made it very, very easy for you to use this material to modify or create your own in-house policies, procedures, and customized document.

Definitely a 'must have' for HR Professionals, and background checking or screening firms.
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