Safe Hiring Expert Urges Caution When Using Social Networking Sites to Background Check Applicants

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a Webcast titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ for the HR.com Institute of Human Resources (IHR) Quality of Hire Virtual Conference from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM ET on Thursday, July 25, 2013. For more information about this free event, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Caution-Using-Social-Networking-Sites-and-Search-Engines-to-Recruit-and-Screen-Applicants-183/.

“Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites and search engines,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening that was updated for a second edition in October 2012. “However, the unrestricted use of the Internet by human resources professionals for hiring is not without risks since just because something is online does not mean it is true or can legally be used.”

The hour long session will examine the pros and cons of utilizing online data, including what information is available online and issues with discrimination privacy, accuracy, and authenticity. The session will focus on strategies for getting the necessary information while also minimizing potential complaints for discrimination or invasion of privacy. For example, the speaker Rosen will review simple steps employers can take to develop an in-house policy to mitigate privacy and discrimination concerns.

Through case studies, legal decisions, and reviewing web sites, HR professionals will see how these sites work, what they may find, and the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved. The session will review the potential liability if an employer does not search any sites, such as an increased risk of a lawsuit for negligent hiring. In addition, there will a discussion of the pros and cons of using third party background check firms and the role of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in the process.

Rosen is a nationally recognized safe hiring expert who was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) and served as the first co-chairman. Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a nationwide background screening provider accredited by the NAPBS. For more information about background checks from ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call toll free 888.999.4474.

Source: http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/virtual_events/upcoming_virtual_events/quality-of-hire_h4vbuk12.html

About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):

Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com or call toll free 888.999.4474.

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