ESR Webinar Shows How to Avoid Legal Landmines If Using Social Media Like Facebook and LinkedIn for Employment Screening

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) President, Author, and Speaker Lester Rosen to Educate Employers, Recruiters, and HR Professionals on Proper Use of Social Networking Sites during Background Checks

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading employment screening firm based in the San Francisco area, will present a webinar featuring ESR’s founder and president, Lester Rosen, to educate employers and recruiters on the proper use of popular social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn during background checks. The webinar – “Avoiding Legal Landmines when Using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Websites for Screening Candidates” – will be presented on Thursday, August 26, 2010 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET (11:00am to 12:30pm PT).

“Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants in social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn,” says Rosen, a frequent speaker on employment screening issues and the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Imposters and Terrorists out of the Workplace,” the first comprehensive guide on employment screening for employers. “However, the use of these social media sites can present legal risks, including privacy and discrimination issues. We show employers how to avoid these legal landmines.”

Participants in this webinar – presented with and worth 1.5 HRCI credits – will learn through case studies and viewing internet sites what the privacy and discrimination concerns are when using social media information, the potential legal landmines involved, and what steps their organizations can take to minimize these risks. For information about the webinar, which targets HR Professionals, Hiring Managers, and Employment attorneys, visit

The questions that will be answered in this informative and educational webinar include:

  • Why do major employers, human resources, and recruiters use search engines and social network sites to screen candidates?
  • What are the risks in using these social network 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?
  • What are the best practices for employers when using social network sites?

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is the firm that literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR provides professional employment screening services and drug testing nationally and internationally, acts as a safe hiring partner for clients, and specializes in industry leading technology, service, accuracy, and turnaround. For more information, visit or contact Jared Callahan at 415-898-0044 or