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

July 10, 2014


Event: Webinar with Clear Law Institute

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

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET

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

Credits: This activity has been approved by the HR Certification Institute for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit.

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Learn how to navigate through legal and practical pitfalls and roadblocks when using Web 2.0, such as search engines or social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook to screen applicants.


Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites, such as MySpace or Facebook, and search engines. However, the unrestricted use of Web 2.0 could well land an employer, human resources professional or recruiter in hot water.  Just because it is online does not mean it is risk free or true.  This session will examine the pros and cons of employers utilizing such tools, 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.  The session will also uncover how Web 2.0 is used fraudulently, such as fake degrees and phony references.

Learning Points: 

  • Learn why employers, human resources, and recruiters use search engines and social network sites to screen candidates.
  • Review what sites are available and what you may find.
  • What are the risks in using these sites?
  • Isn’t everything on the web fair game since privacy is waived once someone places something on the Internet?
  • How do discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply?
  • Uncover best practices for employers, HR, recruiters and job applicants.

Lester Rosen Biography:

Attorney Lester S. Rosen is founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR)  – 'The Background Check Authority®' and 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 guide to employment screening, and has also written “The Safe Hiring Audit.”  Rosen  is also a frequent presenter nationwide on employment screening and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences as part of the "ESR Speaks" Training Program. Mr. Rosen was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a professional trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

Rosen is a former deputy District Attorney and criminal defense attorney and has taught criminal law and procedure at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida and Arkansas Superior Courts as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. His speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. His jury trials have included murder, death penalty and federal cases. He graduated UCLA with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and received a J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis, serving on the Law Review. He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in the national Martindale-Hubbell listing of American Attorneys. He is also a licensed Private Investigator in California.

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