As part of a series of surveys from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) focusing on the use of social media in the workplace, ‘SHRM Survey Findings: The Use of Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines in Screening Job Candidates’ centered on how organizations use social networking websites and online search engines as a tool for screening potential job candidates. Contrary to popular belief, the SHRM survey found only slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of organizations indicated they used online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to screen job candidates during the hiring process while even fewer organizations (18 percent) used social networking websites like Facebook and LinkedIn for that purpose. Continue reading
Attorney Les Rosen, a background check expert and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present two educational sessions at the 2011 Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Conference and Exposition that runs from August 29 to 31, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Rosen’s two sessions – ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants’ and ‘International Background Checks: Global Due Diligence and Legal Compliance’ – will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. For information about the conference, visit http://www.pihraconference.org/. Continue reading
Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a nationwide background check company located in California and accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), will participate as both Educator and Exhibitor at the 2011 Annual Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) Conference and Exposition from August 29 to 31, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. For information about the PIHRA conference, visit http://www.pihraconference.org/. Continue reading
Match.com has settled a lawsuit with a woman who sued the popular online dating site after she was raped by a fellow member she was linked up with for a date by pledging to perform background checks on all current and future members in order to screen out sex offenders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The woman’s assailant – who had at least six previous sexual assault convictions before the attack on her – has pleaded no contest to sexual battery and faces a year in jail and five years’ probation. Continue reading
The third of five installments of the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Background Check Trends of 2011 Review features the number six trend, using social network sites for screening, and the number five ranked background check trend of the year, international background screening. The see previous installments of the ESR Background Check Trends of 2011 Review, visit Part 1 and Part 2.
- Number 6 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: Using Social Network Sites Such as Facebook to Screen Job Candidates Increases Legal Risk for Employers.
- Number 5 ESR Background Check Trend for 2011: International Background Screening More Necessary Due to Mobility of Workers in Global Economy.
The Internet has recently buzzed with stories about how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the official “OK” for Internet background checks of job applicants that would include up to seven years of information from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter that are in compliance with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulating the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer information.
However, contrary to reports calling the FTC’s action an official endorsement, a recent blog on the FTC web site, “The Fair Credit Reporting Act & Social Media: What Businesses Should Know,” indicates that Internet background checks using social media information simply must follow the same FCRA rules that apply to the more traditional information – employment and salary history, criminal records, and credit reports – that FCRA compliant background screening firms and employers have used in the past. Continue reading
The President of popular online dating service Match.com will appear in a Los Angeles court next week to testify in the case of a woman who suffered an alleged sexual assault by a man she met on the website, a woman who then called for Match.com to institute background checks on users in a lawsuit, according to a report on HuffingtonPost.com. Continue reading
From social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to blogs, YouTube videos, and search engines like Google, many of today’s employers have focused with laser-like intensity on using the plentiful amount of information found online to conduct background checks on job candidates. What is overlooked in the rush to use these sites for employment screening, according to one safe hiring expert, are the legal risks involved with conducting so-called Internet background checks. Continue reading
A woman claiming she was sexually assaulted by a man she met on the popular online dating website Match.com has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that the website start background screening members for sexual offenders since her alleged assailant had a history of sex crimes, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times. (ESR News Update 4.19.11: Popular Online Dating Service to Background Check Potential Members using Sex Offender Database.) Continue reading
Should employers be allowed to ask job applicants for the logins and passwords to their social network site profiles such as Facebook as part of employment background checks? The answer to this question may involve the next frontier of online privacy, suggests the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), after the Maryland Department of Corrections (DOC) asked a job candidate for his Facebook login information as part of a background check. Continue reading