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Using Internet to Screen Applicants has Legal Risks

Written By Thomas Ahearn

Legal Risks & Legal ComplianceTo help employers and recruiters navigate legal risks when screening, Attorney Lester Rosen, CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled Legal Risks of Using the Internet to Recruit and Screen Applicants on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET. To register for this event, which has been approved by the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) for 1.25 hours of general recertification credit, visit: http://clearlawinstitute.com/legal-risks-of-using-the-internet-to-recruit-and-screen-applicants/. (NOTE: This webinar is rescheduled for July 10, 2014. Click here to learn more.) Continue reading

Social Media Use in Workplace Raises Employment Discrimination Concerns

Written By Thomas Ahearn

home-applicant-generated-report-systemA panel of experts has told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that the growing use of social media by employers, applicants, and employees in today’s workplace may implicate and impact the federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment that the EEOC enforces. A press release about the Social Media Commission meeting convened at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to gather information is available at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-12-14.cfm. Continue reading

Social Network Searches Being Used Less for Background Checks and More for Recruiting and Sourcing

While a hot topic in past years has been the use of the internet to help with employee selection through social media background checks, it appears that this trend is fading fast for a number of reasons.  As a result, social network searches will diminish as a tool for background checks but will grow for purposes of recruiting and sourcing as well as employer branding. This is Trend Number Seven of the 7th Annual Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) ‘Top Ten Background Check Trends’ for 2014. For more information about the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Manual Author Lester Rosen Speaks about Hiring Practices and Social Media in Paycor Webinar December 11

Attorney Lester Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ and Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about hiring practices and social media in a webinar sponsored by leading HR software provider Paycor on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, visit: https://paycorsupport.webex.com/paycorsupport/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=717530580. Continue reading

Study Finds Social Media Background Screening by Employers May Discriminate against Job Seekers

The study ‘An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks’ by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has found that sharing too much personal information on social networks may lead to hiring discrimination by employers using social media to screen job seekers, according to a story available at http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/computing/2013/fall/too-much-information.shtml. Continue reading

Background Check Expert Lester Rosen Speaks about EEOC Compliance in Paycor Webinar November 5

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about compliance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance for the use of criminal records by employers when hiring in a webinar sponsored by leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To register for the webinar, click here or visit http://www.paycor.com/paycor-webinars. Continue reading

Background Check Expert to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will speak about ‘Keeping it Legal: Pitfalls and Landmines in Using Social Media and Criminal Records’ from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Recruiting Trends Conference 2013 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV. For information about the presentation and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.recruitingtrendsconference.com/lester-rosen/#presentation. Continue reading

New Jersey Limits Ability of Employers to Access Social Media Accounts of Employees and Job Applicants

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law Assembly Bill A2878/S1915 that limits the ability of employers to require employees and job applicants to disclose user names, passwords, or other means for accessing social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter or other services through electronic communications devices. The full text of New Jersey Assembly Bill A2878/S1915 – which takes effect December 1, 2013 – is available at http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/A3000/2878_R4.PDF. Continue reading

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/. Continue reading

Social Media Password Privacy Laws Passed in Several US States in Recent Months

Legislation has been introduced or is pending in at least 36 states so far in 2013 to prevent employers from requesting usernames and passwords to social media websites and personal Internet accounts of employees and job applicants, according the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Eight states – Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington – have enacted such legislation in 2013. A current list of all social media password privacy legislation is available at http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/telecom/employer-access-to-social-media-passwords-2013.aspx. Continue reading