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Landmines, Pitfalls and Potential Law Suits – The Risks of Recruiters Using the Internet

Mt. Baker SHRM Chapter Bellingham, WA 98226

August 11, 2010

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Mt. Baker SHRM Chapter Bellingham, WA 98226

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants in search engines, and in social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs and other online sources. However, the use of these sites can present legal risks, including privacy and discrimination issues. Through case studies and viewing internet sites, you will learn visually how these sites work, what you may find, and the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved. This is a MUST ATTEND program for anyone using social networking sites for sourcing/screening applicants.

Learning Points or Questions to be Answered:

  • Learn why employers, human resources, and recruiters use search engines and social network sites to screen candidates.
  • Review how search engines and social network sites are used to screen candidates.
  • 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, job applicants and college placement offices.

About Lester Rosen
One of the top speakers from the recent Kennedy Recruiting Conference in Las Vegas, Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law, expert on employment screening background checks  and President of Employment Screening Resources (, a national background screening company located in California.

He is the author of, “The Safe Hiring Manual--Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists Out of Your Workplace.” (512 pages-Facts on Demand Press), the first comprehensive book on employment screening. He has also written, "The Safe Hiring Audit," for Human Resources managers and recruiters.

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, including recruiting and staffing conferences and the last four SHRM National Conferences.

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. He 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. 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.

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 now has over 500 members. He was also elected to the first board of directors and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

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