Attorney and background screening expert Les Rosen, founder and President of accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss social media background checks in a session titled ‘Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites, Search Engines and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants’ at the 2011 ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits. The session will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM (EST) in Room W304E in Room W304E at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, in Orlando, Florida. To register for the 2011 ASIS International event, visit

“Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites such as Facebook and search engines like Google,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening background checks. “However, the unrestricted use of social media background checks can land an employer in hot water since just because certain information is online does not mean that the information is risk free or even true.”

Participants in the educational session ‘Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites, Search Engines and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants’ will learn to navigate legal and practical roadblocks when using search engines or social networking sites to screen job applicants and examine the dangers of social media background checks, including:

  • Discrimination Issues
  • TMI (Too Much Information) and TLI (Too Little Information)
  • Credibility, Accuracy, and Authenticity Issues
  • “Computer Twins” & “Cyber Slamming”
  • The Use of Legal Off-Duty Conduct
  • Invasion of Privacy Issues
  • What is “Fair Game” on the Internet
  • “Legal Potholes” of Internet Screening

“The bottom line when using the Internet to background check job candidates is to proceed with caution,” says Rosen, who founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) to promote safe workplaces for both employers and employees. The company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

Rosen is a frequent speaker nationwide on background screening issues as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program at He was also the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a non-profit trade organization for the background screening industry, and served as the first co-chairman.

The ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2011), the security industry’s leading event, will be held from September 19-22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 1955, ASIS International is the preeminent organization for security professionals and has more than 37,000 members worldwide. To register for ASIS 2011, visit

For more information about background checks, visit the Employment Screening Resources (ESR) website at or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit