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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present a live 90 minute webinar with Compliance World titled “How To Legally Screen Applicants Using Search Engines and Social Networking Sites” on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. To register for this event, click here.

“Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants by using social networking sites,” explains Rosen, a frequent speaker on screening issues. “However, the unrestricted use of this data in the hiring process is not without risks. Just because something is online does not mean it can legally be used.”

Rosen – author of “The Safe Hiring Manual” – will examine the pros and cons of using data from social networking sites including issues with privacy, accuracy, and discrimination. Through case studies and legal decisions, attendees will understand potential legal landmines and practical risks involved. Participants will also:

  • Learn how employers, human resources and recruiters are using search engines and social networking sites to screen candidates.
  • Review what social networking sites are available and what you may find.
  • Understand the risks in using these social networking sites.
  • How discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply.
  • Uncover best practices for all stakeholders: Employers, Human Resources, recruiters, and job applicants.

The webinar “How To Legally Screen Applicants Using Search Engines and Social Networking Sites” has been approved by HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as eligible for 1.50 credits towards a participant’s recertification. Human Resources professionals, compliance personnel, and anyone involved with hiring at a company should click here.

Rosen has also written a whitepaper titled “Ten Potential Dangers When Using Social Media Background Checks” to help employers and recruiters who use social networking sites to screen job applicants understand the possible legal risks faced when conducting such screening online. To download the complimentary whitepaper, click here.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) is a global background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Founder and CEO Rosen was chairperson of the steering committee that founded the NAPBS and served as first co-chair. To learn more about ESR, 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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