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


October 26, 2011


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

Presenter: Lester S. Rosen, Attorney at Law, Employment Screening Resources, Novato, CA

Date / Time: October 26, 2011 / 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern (10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Noon Pacific)

Workplace Application:

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


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 substantial risks.  Just because it 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.  The session will also uncover how Web 2.0 is used fraudulently, such as fake degrees and phony references. 

Learning objectives:

  • 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 applicant.
  • Learn how to deal with phony degrees and references from new online services.


Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law and President of Employment Screening Resources (, a national background screening company located in California.  ESR is an accredited background firm under the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) accreditation program.

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,” published in 2008.

He is also a consultant, writer and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. 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. See:

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 and served as the first co-chairman in 2004.

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