Social Media Screening Webinar Helps Employers and Recruiters Avoid Legal Landmines when Using Internet for Background Checks

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. However, the use of these sites can present legal risks, including privacy and discrimination issues, according to safe hiring expert Les Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), who will present the 90 minute webinar ‘Avoiding Legal Landmines when Using Facebook, LinkedIn & Other Social Media Websites for Screening Candidates’ on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. To learn more or to register, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=00125651&priority=00295701745.

During the webinar – which has been approved for 1.5 HR Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credit hours – participants will learn the concerns involving privacy and discrimination when using information found during social media background checks, the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved, and steps organizations can take to minimize these risks. The webinar will be focused toward Human Resources Professionals, Business and Hiring Managers, Labor and Employment Attorneys and Counsel, and College and Employment Placement Officers, and those attending will learn:

  • Why major employers, human resources, and recruiters use social media sites to screen candidates.
  • What are the risks in using these sites?
  • What is “fair game” on the web since many people believe privacy is waived once someone places something on the Internet?
  • How do discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply?
  • Best practices for employers, job applicants, and college placement offices.

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1997 and the San Francisco, CA-area company is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®).  Rosen is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive guide to employment screening, and is a frequent speaker nationwide on due diligence issues as part of the “ESR Speaks” employee screening training program.  He was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a non-profit trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as first co-chairman.

Presented with compliance resources publisher Thompson, the webinar ‘Avoiding Legal Landmines when Using Facebook, LinkedIn & Other Social Media Websites for Screening Candidates’ will take place on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. To register, visit http://www.thompsoninteractive.com/site/offer.jsp?promo=00125651&priority=00295701745.

For more information about background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call toll free 888.999.4474.

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco, CA area,
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a distinction held by less than two percent of all screening firms. This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com or call toll free 888.999.4474. 

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ESR News – provides employment screening information for employers, recruiters, and jobseekers on a variety of topics including credit reports, criminal records, data privacy, discrimination, E-Verify, jobs reports, legal updates, negligent hiring, workplace violence, and use of search engines and social network sites for background checks. For more information about ESR News or to send comments or questions, please email ESR News Editor Thomas Ahearn at tahearn@esrcheck.com.