Employment Screening Resources President To Present Session at 56th ASIS International Annual Seminar on Risks of Using Social Networks to Screen Applicants

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog

Author, speaker, and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and President of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled “Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants” at the 56th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM in Room D170. For more information and to register for the session, visit the ASIS International website at http://www.asis2010.org/.

“Employers and Security professionals have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites, such as MySpace or Facebook, and search engines,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual – The Complete Guide to Keeping Criminals, Terrorists, and Imposters Out of Your Workplace,’ the first comprehensive guide for employment screening. “However, just because something is available online does not mean there is no legal risk involved.”

The session “Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants” will examine the pros and cons of employers utilizing such online tools as social networking sites and search engines, including discrimination, privacy, use of legal off-duty conduct, and authenticity. Through case studies and reviewing web sites, security professionals will learn:

  • How these social networking sites and search engines work,
  • What they may find on these social networking sites and search engines, and
  • Potential legal landmines and practical risks involved with social networking sites and search engines.

Rosen is an attorney at law and a frequent speaker nationwide on pre-employment screening and safe hiring issues. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and also served as the first co-chairman.

The 56th Annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits runs from October 12 to 15, 2010, and is the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry. Founded in 1955 as the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals with more than 37,000 members worldwide.

About Employment Screening Resources:
Founded in 1996 in the San Francisco area, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. The company is a leading provider of “all things background checks” and is dedicated to promoting a safe workplace for both employers and employees. In 2003, ESR was rated the top U.S. employment screening firm in the first independent study of the industry. To learn more about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), please visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or contact Jared Callahan at 415.898.0044 or jcallahan@ESRcheck.com.