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Caution Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants

Webcast for IHR Quality of Hire Virtual Conference

July 25, 2013


Title: Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants

Event: Webcast for's IHR Quality of Hire Virtual Conference on July 24 & 25, 2013

Date: July 25, 2013

Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Presenter: Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder & CEO Employment Screening Resources (ESR)

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Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites and search engines. However, the unrestricted use of Web 2.0 by employers, human resources professional or recruiter for hiring is not without risks.

Just because something is online does not mean it is true or can legally be used. This session will examine the pros and cons of utilizing online data, including what is available online, discrimination issues, the use of legal off-duty conduct, privacy, accuracy and authenticity. The use of these sites also has an impact on recruiters as well. Through case studies, legal decisions and reviewing web sites, Recruiters and HR professionals will see visually how these sites work, what you may find, and the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved. The session will focus on strategies for getting what you need while minimizing potential complaints for discrimination or invasion of privacy. For example, the speaker will review simple steps employers can take to develop an in-house policy to mitigate privacy and discrimination concerns. In addition, there will a discussion of the pros and cons of using third party background firms to provide this information, and the role of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in the process.

The session will review the potential liability if an employer does not search this site, such as an increased risk of a lawsuit for negligent hiring. The session will also uncover how Web 2.0 is used fraudulently, such as fake degrees and phony references. Participants will learn steps to take to avoid being the victim of phony credentials obtained over the web.

Speaker Bio:

Attorney Lester S. Rosen is Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide to background checks. He is a nationally recognized safe hiring expert who was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of  Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and served as the first co-chairman. He is a frequent presenter nationwide and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences for “ESR Speaks.”

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