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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, the founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webcast entitled If It’s on the Internet, Isn’t it Fair Game? Social Media and Hiring underwritten by video interview provider Montage for the Human Capital Institute (HCI) on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. To register for the webcast, please visit

According to the HCI webcast page: Leveraging all possible sources of information when sourcing and screening is a hot topic for many companies and a best practice among skilled recruiters. However, before jumping onto the internet, employers need to be aware of potential pitfalls. What might seem like a strategic use of social media may be a fast track to trouble. And how does video play into this? Can an employer safely use video interviewing as part of their candidate screening without worry?

HCI – The Global Association for Strategic Talent Management – is recognized by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs). SHRM has pre-approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠ Certifications. The hour long session will explore the legal and other issues a company should consider when evaluating social media, video interviewing, and other hot trends in information collection pre-hire. Key takeaways include:

  • Exploring the topic of TMI (Too Much Information) – What it means, how to avoid problem areas, and the right and wrong approaches.
  • Digging deeper into video interviewing and background check practices including applicable legal and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opinions.

Rosen is the author of The Safe Hiring Manual, the first comprehensive guide to background checks for employment purposes. He was the chair of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), and served as first co-chair. He is a frequent presenter on employment screening topics for “ESR Speaks” and his speaking appearances have included numerous national and statewide conferences. He also qualified as an expert witness on issues surrounding safe hiring.

In March 2015, Rosen presented a webcast titled Video Interviewing and Discrimination: What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know with Montage through the HCI to review ways that employers can leverage video interviewing technology to improve the hiring process and the quality of their hires and, at the same time, stay in legal compliance. To view the webcast on demand, visit

In February 2015, ESR released a whitepaper written by Rosen and sponsored by Montage titled Video Interviewing & Discrimination – What Talent Acquisition Leaders Need to Know that helped better educate and equip readers for conversations about how employers can enjoy the many operational and strategic benefits of video interviewing while eliminating exposure to discrimination laws and remaining in compliance. The complimentary whitepaper is available at

In 1997, Rosen founded Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) in the San Francisco, California area. ESR is accredited by NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP) and also undergoes yearly SOC 2® (SSAE 18) Audit Reports to confirm the company meets high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information. To learn more, call 888.999.4474 or visit

ESR Whitepaper on Social Media Background Checks

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has released a complimentary whitepaper written by ESR founder and CEO Attorney Lester S. Rosen entitled Ten Potential Dangers When Using Social Media Background Checks to provide an informative introduction for employers and recruiters about the possible legal risks faced when using social media for employment screening background checks. The whitepaper is available at

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

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