Attorney Les Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live 90 minute webinar titled ‘Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants’ on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 3:00pm ET (2:00pm CT, 1:00pm MT, 12:00pm PT). For more information or to sign up for the webinar – presented with business education services provider Avant Resources – visit:

“Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook, and search engines like Google,” says Rosen, a frequent speaker on background check issues nationwide as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ program and author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ “However, just because information is available online does not mean it is true, and unrestricted use of the Internet for screening job applicants can land employers and recruiters in hot water.”

During the webinar, Rosen will examine the pros and cons of employers and recruiters utilizing search engines and social networking sites to screen applicants, including discrimination issues, legal off-duty conduct, invasion of privacy, and issues with accuracy and authenticity. Through case studies, legal decisions, and reviewing web sites, participants in the session will see how these sites work, what they may find, and the potential legal landmines and practical risks involved. Participants will also learn:

  • The legal limits of a social media policy.
  • The risks in using the Internet for screening.
  • If information is “fair game” once someone places it on the Internet.
  • How discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply.
  • The best practices for employers, recruiters, and job applicants regarding Internet background checks.

In 1997, Rosen founded ESR in the San Francisco, California area and the company is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He also was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS, a trade organization for the screening industry, and served as first co-chairman.

Rosen has also co-written a white paper titled ‘Managing the Risks of Using the Internet for Employment Screening Background Checks’ to provide an informative introduction to the risks and roadblocks employers and recruiters face using Internet search engines and social network sites for recruitment and employment screening. The white paper also offers potential solutions to avoid legal issues dealing with discrimination, privacy, accuracy, and legal off-duty conduct. The complimentary white paper from ESR is available for download at:

A copy of the presentation and downloadable materials will be provided after the event. For information on ‘Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Screen Applicants,’ visit: For more information about Employment Screening Resources (ESR), visit:

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco, CA area,
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR Founder and CEO Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a distinction held by less than two percent of all screening firms. 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



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