The third of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number six trend, using social network sites for screening, and the number five ranked background check trend of the year, international background screening. The see previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, visit Part 1 and Part 2.
- Number 6 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Using Social Network Sites Such as Facebook to Screen Job Candidates Increases Legal Risk for Employers.
- Number 5 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: International Background Screening More Necessary Due to Mobility of Workers in Global Economy.
A background screening trend that recently emerged where employers used social network sites such as Facebook – the most popular social networking site with over 500 million active users worldwide – to run ‘Social Network Background Checks’ on job candidates should become even more prevalent in 2011, and increase the legal risks for employers. No discussion about background screening these days is complete without an analysis of how the Internet is used for hiring. From social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter to blogs, videos on YouTube, and business connection sites like LinkedIn, employers focus with laser-like intensity on how to use the Internet for background screening job candidates. What is sometimes overlooked in the rush to use the Internet for background screening is the one question employers need to ask: What are the legal risks in using the Internet for hiring? The answer involves issues of discrimination, authenticity, and privacy. If employers insist on using social network sites for background screening, then they must realize that much of the ‘new media’ available to them for background screening is still covered by current employment regulations.
To read a full article about the Number 6 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011, click this link.
In 2011, due to the mobility of workers across international borders in a global economy making it no longer adequate to conduct background screening checks just in the United States, a major trend will be the necessity of international background screening since an increasing number of workers will have spent part of their professional careers abroad. Employers in the U.S. have long recognized that conducting due diligence on new hires with background screening is a mission critical task that can help them avoid being the subject of negligent hiring lawsuits if they hire someone that they should have known – through the exercise of due diligence – was dangerous, unfit or unqualified.
However, with the increased mobility of workers across international borders it is no longer adequate to conduct these background screening checks just in the United States. Background screening also must be done internationally since an increasing number of workers have spent part of their professional careers abroad. The number of foreign countries from which U.S. employers may seek information about applicants with international background screening is expansive, and includes Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom (U.K.).
To read a full article about the Number 5 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011, click this link.
For the past four years, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a nationwide background check provider accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – has compiled an annual ‘Top Ten Trends in Background Checks’ list of emerging and influential trends in the industry as predicted by ESR’s founder and President Lester Rosen, a recognized background check expert and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide for employment background screening.
About Employment Screening Resources (ESR): Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco area with a mission to help employers and employees maintain safe workplaces, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and provides industry leading technology, legal compliance, service, turnaround, and accuracy. ESR also wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by founder and President Lester Rosen. For more information about ESR, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.