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Background Screening Checks and Facebook and MySpace -- Legal Limitations and Issues


August 26, 2010


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Audio Conference: August 26, 2010; 2pm to 3:30pm ET (11am to 12:30pm PT)
 Title: Using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Websites for Screening Candidates—Avoiding Legal Landmines
Opening Text:
Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants in search engines, and in social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. However, the use of these sites can present legal risks, including privacy and discrimination issues. Through case studies and viewing internet sites, you and your team will learn visually what are the privacy and discrimination concerns when using this information, what you may find, the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved and steps your organization can take to minimize these irks. .
Learning Points or Questions to be Answered:
·        Learn why major employers, human resources, and recruiters  use search engines and social network sites 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
Target Audience:
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Hiring Managers
  • In-House Labor and Employment Counsel
  • Business Managers and Supervisors
  • Employment Law Attorneys
  • College/Employment Placement Officers
Level: All Levels
Speaker’s bio:
Lester S. Rosen is President and CEO of Employment Screening Resources, the top employment screening firm in the US, according to a report prepared by the Intellectual Capital Group. 
Les previously served in the Riverside County District Attorneys office, working on career criminal and homicide prosecutions.  Later, in private practice, he specialized in criminal law and his practice has included federal crimes and death penalty cases. He holds the highest attorney rating of A.V. in Martindale-Hubbell.
Les is a frequent presenter on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He has qualified and testified in the California Superior Court as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring and due diligence. He is the author of The Safe Hiring Manual-The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists out of the Workplace.  He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Hastings College of the Law.  Les earned his J.D. from the University of California at Davis School of Law, serving on the school Law Review.

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