Background Check Expert Tells SHRM Employers Should Be Careful with Social Media Screening

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employers are ramping up their use of social media screening in 2019 but they must ensure that these searches protect the privacy of job applicants, according to a background check expert interviewed for an article – the first in a two-part series – from the Society for …

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Background Check Expert Speaks at SHRM Talent Conference about Proper Use of Social Media Screening

   Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A background check expert speaking at the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Talent Conference & Exposition warned using social media to screen job applicants can lead to “a world of privacy and discrimination problems,” according to an article written by SHRM Online Manager/Editor Roy …

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FTC Opens Investigation into Privacy Practices of Facebook after Alleged Data Breach Involving 50 Million Users

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 26, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the primary federal privacy and data security enforcement agency – confirmed it has opened an investigation into the privacy practices of Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform with 2.2 billion monthly active users, after a data …

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Vermont Law Restricts Employer Access to Social Media Accounts of Employees and Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2018,  Vermont House Bill 462 (H. 462) took effect and added a new section to the Vermont Statutes Annotated (V.S.A.) relating to social media privacy for employees that restricts the access to and use of social media accounts of employees and applicants by employers.

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Millennials Expanding in Workforce Will Make Background Checks More Applicant Friendly in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn “Millennials” – people aged 20 to 35 in 2016 – are expected to overtake “Baby Boomers” aged 52 to 70 in population in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center. The fact that technically savvy Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest segment of the U.S. workforce …

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Harvard Rescinds Admission Offers for Several Students Over Offensive Social Media Postings

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Harvard University has rescinded admission offers for at least ten students who would have been part of the Class of 2021 for their “offensive” social media postings after they “traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat,” according to …

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State Department Publishes Notice in Federal Register Proposing to Expand Social Media Screening of Visa Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register requesting emergency approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to expand the collection of information though social media screening of some visa applicants by requiring them to divulge their social media “handles” …

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Background Check Expert Attorney Lester Rosen Explains Social Media Screening at 2017 SHRM Talent Management Conference

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Employment Screening Resources and Fama to Present Webinar on Best Practices for Social Media Background Checks

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), a global background check provider, will host a live webinar entitled “Top 5 Best Practices for Social Media Background Checks” presented by Ben Mones, CEO and Founder of leading social media screening provider Fama, an integrated ESR partner, on Thursday, May 18, …

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Social Media Screening of College Football Prospects Part of Scouting Process for NFL Draft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Worldwide leader in sports ESPN has communicated with four National Football League (NFL) teams “to examine how they study social media” and found all four confirmed that social media screening is part of their scouting process leading up to the 82nd NFL Draft taking place from Thursday, …

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