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Using the Internet and Social Network Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA) Webinar

March 01, 2012


URL: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38879&instance=0

Title: Using the Internet and Social Network Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Date (Time): Thursday, March 1, 2012 (10:30am – 12:00pm PST)

Speaker: Attorney Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

eProgram Details:

A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series Begins (4 Sessions)

Qualifies for 6 General Recertification Credits - Registration: General $245 / NCHRA Members $195 for the entire series.

The eProgram Series meets in four 90-minute online sessions.

Cancellations must be received one week prior to the program to receive a refund or credit for a future event. Substitutions allowed at the applicable NCHRA Member/General rate.

Summary:

Lawsuits for negligent hiring are one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation. Conducting due diligence on new hires is critical. Just one bad hire can lead to litigation, fraud, embezzlement, workplace violence and a host of other problems.

This series of four webinars offers HR professionals and employers of all sizes cost-effective and legally compliant techniques to avoid hiring applicants that are potentially dangerous, unfit, unqualified or dishonest. It reviews federal and state laws that control the background check process, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and unique, only-in-California rules. When just one bad hire can result in a legal and financial nightmare, take steps to implement a legally compliant program and to hire the best employees

Sessions:

Thursday, February 16, 2012 / 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST -- An Overview of Background Checks and the Use of Criminal Records

Employee problems are caused by problem employees. Avoid bad hires by practicing due diligence in your hiring programs. This webinar provides an introduction to safe hiring and background checks, obtaining and using criminal records, and cutting edge due diligence techniques.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 / 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST -- Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Social networking sites and search engines contain a treasure trove of information on job applicants. However, the unrestricted use of Web 2.0 for hiring by employers, human resources professionals or recruiters carries substantial risks. Examine the pros and cons of using online data, including discrimination issues, the use of legal off-duty conduct, privacy, accuracy and authenticity. Through case studies, review of legal decisions and viewing websites, recruiters and HR professionals will learn how these sites work, what information is available (including fake degrees and phony references), and the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved. Gain strategies for getting the information you need while minimizing discrimination or invasion of privacy complaints.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 / 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST -- Effective Employment and Education Verification: How to Tell What Is Real and What Is Not

Successful hiring decisions are critical in challenging economic times, and verifying past employment and education and obtaining references are essential to this process. Unfortunately, candidates falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers. Legal limitations create barriers for HR professionals when obtaining and giving past employment information. Review legal and effective techniques for the reference checking process and how to verify education and spot phony credentials. Understand new technologies and approaches, and gain insight on international credentials and the role of Web 2.0.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 / 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST -- Caution Advised: Complying with Federal and California Law for Pre-employment Screening and How to Avoid Pitfalls and Traps

To avoid bad hiring decisions, employers have increasingly turned to pre-employment background screening as a risk management tool. No screening program can be conducted without a full understanding of a number of laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), discrimination and privacy law, the ADA, and a host of state-specific rules. Review the application of federal and state laws to both pre-employment screening and the investigation of current employees.

About the Presenter:

Attorney Lester S. Rosen is founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background screening company located in the San Francisco, California area and accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He is the author of 'The Safe Hiring Manual,' the first comprehensive book on employment screening and is also a frequent presenter nationally on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues.


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