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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a leading global provider of background check services, will present the webinar “Social Media and Background Screening: If It’s on the Internet, Isn’t it Fair Game?” for the Coffee Break educational programming series from leading HR and payroll software provider Paycor. This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT. To register, click here.

The hour long webinar will be co-hosted by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester S. Rosen and ESR Vice President Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick. The session will explore the legal issues every company should consider when using social media to select and screen candidates. If employers don’t use social media carefully, they may spend more time in the courtroom than they do growing their business.

Attendees of the webinar will learn how using social media for sourcing, recruiting, and branding is a hot topic for many companies. However, before jumping onto the Internet, employers need to be aware of the dangers and pitfalls, for what might seem like a strategic use of social media may be a fast track to litigation, investigations, and bad press. ESR will present another webinar for Paycor on March 10, 2016.

Employers are using social media more than ever to recruit and screen potential employees. A survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed 84 percent of organizations used social media to recruit in 2015, up from 56 percent in 2011. However, 36 percent of organizations rejected a job candidate because of “concerning information” found on a public social media profile.

The SHRM survey also found the most popular social media used to recruit job candidates in 2015 was LinkedIn (96 percent), followed by Facebook (66 percent), Twitter (53 percent), and professional or association social networking sites (35 percent). For using social media to screen job candidates in 2015, LinkedIn was the most popular choice of employers (93 percent) followed by Facebook (63 percent).

Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources (ESR) in 1997. He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” the first comprehensive book on background screening and hiring, and a frequent speaker on due diligence and background check issues. He was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), and served as first co-chair.

Standerwick is an industry professional with 25 years of experience in background screening, drug testing, and occupational health testing. She is a long time member of the Board of Directors for the NAPBS, and is chairperson elect of NAPBS and becomes chair this year. She is actively involved on the government relations committee and participates in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of NAPBS.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) provides fast, accurate, affordable, and compliant background check services to help clients make informed hiring decisions. ESR is accredited by the NAPBS, a distinction held by a small percentage of screening firms, and undergoes yearly SSAE18 SOC 2 audits on the privacy, security, and confidentiality of customer data. To learn more, visit

Paycor provides small and medium-sized companies with intuitive, cloud-based onboarding, HR, payroll, and timekeeping software enabling businesses to be more efficient and make smarter decisions about their people and processes. Paycor celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 and delivers personalized service to more than 30,000 organizations in all 50 states. To learn more, visit

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this web site is for educational purposes only.

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