A thorough background screening program requires inclusion of screening from other countries. The world is far too interconnected to skip this valuable step. But opening up your screening program to include information from over 200 countries can seem overwhelming. Join us as we make international screening seem not so “foreign”.

Employment background screening addresses the due diligence concerns of employers around workplace violence, theft, false credentials, embezzlement, harassment or trumped-up injury claims. Employers struggle with exaggerated or falsified education or employment claims of candidates. Negligent hiring claims are a worry for all employers if they hire someone that they should have known was dangerous, unfit or unqualified.

The United States, as with many other countries, is a country of immigrants. Workers, especially in industries such as finance and technology, have often spent part of their professional career abroad. Businesses of all sizes are going global, bringing with it the need to hire (and screen) individuals outside of their home country.

Employers may do some international screening in-house, with varying degrees of success. Time zone, language, local laws, and best practices vary widely across the globe. The explosion of privacy laws worldwide makes processing personal information more challenging.

The good news is that international background screening is an established practice of many Consumer Reporting Agencies. They have the resources, operational expertise, and practice knowledge to get this information to the requesting employer. International screening is still challenging, but so is screening in the United States. Although the world is large, most international background screens come from a limited number of countries:  India, China, Philippines, United Kingdom, Hong Kong Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Canada.

This seminar will highlight the international background check process. We will review the options and challenges employers face when requesting information outside of the U.S. Topics covered will include details of processing international criminal records, terrorist databases. We will review the differences in ordering requirements and how results compare to similar searches from the United States. Special emphasis will be placed on data protection and privacy including the rules of the European Union and Canada.

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Explain why international background checks are important for employers
  • Identify the differences and similarities of US checks with international checks
  • Understand the challenges and availability of obtaining international background checks
  • Discuss some of the legal and privacy aspects of processing personally identifiable information in and from other countries

 

About the Presenter:

Kerstin Bagus is the Chief Knowledge Officer for NetForce Global where she uses her more than 30 years of screening experience to help screening companies take the pain out of international background screening. She is a frequent PBSA presenter and has served in leadership positions with PBSA including Board participation and Committee leadership. Kerstin is one of the few individuals in the screening industry who is privacy certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (www.IAPP.org). She holds CIPP certifications for Canada, EU, and US Private Sector.

Lester Rosen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm located in the San Francisco, California area. He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide for employment background checks. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and served as the first chair. He has testified in course as a due diligence expert.

Faculty Member
Kerstin Bagus
NetForce Global

Kerstin Bagus is the Chief Knowledge Officer for NetForce Global where she uses her more than 30 years of screening experience to help screening companies take the pain out of international background screening. She is a frequent PBSA presenter and has served in leadership positions with PBSA including Board participation and Committee leadership. Kerstin is one of the few individuals in the screening industry who is privacy certified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (www.IAPP.org). She holds CIPP certifications for Canada, EU, and US Private Sector.

Faculty Member
Lester S. Rosen
Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

Lester Rosen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a leading global background check firm located in the San Francisco, California area. He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide for employment background checks. Mr. Rosen was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and served as the first chair. He has testified in course as a due diligence expert.

CLE Credits (Law)

Credit Value Type Format
AL 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
AK 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
AR 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
AZ 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
CA 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
CO 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
CT 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
DE 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
FL 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
GA 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
HI 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
IA 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
ID 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
IL 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
IN 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
KS 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
KY 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
LA 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
ME 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
MN 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
MO 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
MS 1.3 General
On-Demand/Recording
MT 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NC 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
ND 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NE 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NH 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
NJ 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
NM 1.2 General
On-Demand/Recording
NV 1 General
On-Demand/Recording
NY 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
OH 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
OK 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
OR 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
PA 1 General
On-Demand/Recording
RI 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
SC - - Credit not available
TN 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
TX 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
UT 1 General
On-Demand/Recording
VA - - Credit not available
VT 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
WA 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
WI 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
WV 1.5 General
On-Demand/Recording
WY 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording

In some CLE states, the course will be submitted to the bar after you register. If for any reason the course is not approved, we will fully refund your registration fee. If a state is listed on this course, then we are confident the course fits that state's standards and already is or will be approved for credit.

HR Credits

Credit Value Type Format
HRCI 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording
SHRM 1.25 General
On-Demand/Recording

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