Tag Archives: Social networking sites

Illinois Bill Would Bar Employers from Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords during Background Checks

A bill – Illinois H.B. 3782 – originally introduced last spring and recently taken up by the Illinois legislature’s Labor Committee would amend the state’s ‘Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act’ to bar employers from asking prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to their social media profiles on sites like Facebook or Twitter. Introduced by State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), H.B. 3782 would make it illegal for employers to gain total access to social media sites of job applicant’s during the hiring process. The full text of Illinois H.B. 3782 is available here. Continue reading

Social Media Background Checks Examined as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Continues March 1

With interest in social media background checks skyrocketing lately, including a new study claiming that a quick review of Facebook profiles of job applicants can predict future job success, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST to examine the pros and cons of employers using information found online. To register for the webinar, the second of four in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38879&instance=0. Continue reading

Identity Theft Rose 13 Percent in 2011 with Help from Social Media and Smart Phones

Fueled in part by the rise in the use of smart phones and social media by consumers, as well as a large number of data breaches, identity theft incidents in the United States rose by 13 percent in 2011 to affect nearly 12 million Americans, according to the ‘2012 Identity Fraud Report: Social Media and Mobile Forming the New Fraud Frontier’ survey released by Javelin Strategy & Research. To download the identity theft survey from Javelin, visit https://www.javelinstrategy.com/brochure/239. Continue reading

Social Networking Website Profiles Can Predict Future Job Success New Study Claims

A soon to be published study in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology – ‘Social Networking Websites, Personality Ratings, and the Organizational Context: More Than Meets the Eye?’ – claims that a quick review of social networking website (SNW) profile pages of job applicants on sites such as Facebook can be a better indicator and predictor of job success than standardized tests used by many human resources departments, according to an exclusive report in The Chicago Tribune’s ‘I Just Work Here’ column. The story “Facebook and job performance” is available at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/ijustworkhere/ct-biz-0220-work-advice-huppke-20120219,0,6069219.column. An early view of the study is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00881.x/full. Continue reading

Social Media Background Check Risks Explored in Webcast by Safe Hiring Expert

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webcast ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ for HR.com’s Institute for Human Resources (IHR) on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PT). To register for the event, visit: http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/web-20-caution-using-social-networking-sites-and-s_gxdvyhqe.html. Continue reading

Social Media Background Screening Checks of Job Applicants Becoming More Prevalent and More Controversial

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and so-called ‘social media background checks’ are becoming more popular and prevalent than ever. However, the use of social media background checks for job applicants has become controversial and can present legal risks. Failure to utilize social media resources can arguably be the basis of a negligent hiring claim if an unfit person was hired for a position where a search of the internet may have raised a “red flag.” Conversely, employers face numerous landmines and pitfalls that can include that include privacy, discrimination, and accuracy issues. Lawsuits and developments in this area will likely be an ongoing topic in 2012.  This is Trend Number 3 of the fifth annual ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Social Network Service Facebook Settles Federal Trade Commission Charges over Privacy Practices

According to a news release on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, social network service Facebook has agreed to settle FTC charges of failing to keep promises of privacy after the company “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.” The FTC’s eight-count complaint against Facebook – part of the agency’s ongoing effort to ensure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to American consumers – charged that the claims that Facebook made “were unfair and deceptive and thus violated federal law.” Continue reading

Author and Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at Recruiting Conference 2011 Summit on Screening Job Applicants with Internet

Attorney at Law and author Lester Rosen, a safe hiring expert and CEO of nationwide background check company Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants’ at The Recruiting Conference 2011 Summit being held from November 1 to 3, 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago O’Hare. For more information on this session, visit http://www.therecruitingconference.com/les-rosen#session. Continue reading

Audio Conference Examines Legal Line Walked When Using Internet to Recruit and Screen Job Applicants

To help employers and recruiters better understand the legal risks of using the Internet for recruiting and screening job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! The Legal Line You Walk When Using Social Media and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time (10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Noon Pacific Time). For more information, visit: http://www.esrcheck.com/Newsletter/ESR-Speaks/Web-20-Caution-Using-Social-Networking-Sites-and-Search-Engines-to-Recruit-and-Screen-Applicants-98/. Continue reading