Using Social Networking Sites to Screen Job Applicants Can Be Risky Business for Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

To help employers navigate through legal pitfalls when using the Internet to screen job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites” with Clear Law Institute on November 12, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET.

“Employers have discovered a treasure trove of information on job applicants using social networking sites,” explains Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ a guide to background checks. “However, just because information exists online does not mean it can legally be used as part of the hiring process without any risks.”

Since many companies do not realize the potential risks associated with using social networking sites and search engines to recruit and screen applicants, the webinar will examine the pros and cons of utilizing online data, including what is available, discrimination issues, legal off-duty conduct, privacy, accuracy, and authenticity.

Through case studies, legal decisions, and reviewing web sites, attendees will learn how social networking sites work, what they may find, and the legal landmines and practical risks involved.  Participants will learn strategies for getting information they need while minimizing potential complaints for discrimination or invasion of privacy.

  • Learn how employers, human resources and recruiters are using search engines and social networking sites to screen candidates.
  • Review what sites are available and what you may find.
  • Understand the risks in using these social networking sites.
  • How discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply.
  • Uncover best practices for all stakeholders: Employers, HR, recruiters and the job applicant.
  • Learn how to avoid fraudulent degrees and fake employment form online services

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), in 1997. He is a frequent presenter on safe hiring issues and his speaking appearances include numerous national and statewide conferences.

This webinar is approved for 1.25 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and qualifies for 1.25 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The webinar with Attorney Lester Rosen titled “Screening Applicants Using Social Networking Sites” will take place on November 12, 2015, from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To learn more about this webinar, please visit http://clearlawinstitute.com/shop/webinars/screening-applicants-using-social-networking-sites/.

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