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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) will present a session entitled ‘Social Media Background Screening. Is it Right for My Company?’ on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition taking place in Chicago, Illinois.

In the session worth 1.25 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs), Rosen –  author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ – will show attendees how to navigate through the legal and practical pitfalls of using social media and the Internet as part of the hiring process. To learn more, visit

Employers and recruiters have discovered a treasure trove of information on potential job applicants online. However, the unrestricted use of social media and search engines in the hiring process can be risky. This session will examine the pros and cons of utilizing social media, including what is available online, discrimination issues, the use of legal off-duty conduct, privacy, accuracy and authenticity. Recertification and learning objectives include:

  • Learn how employers, human resources and recruiters are using search engines and social network sites to source and screen candidates.
  • Review what sites are available and what you may find.
  • Understand the risks in using these sites.
  • How discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply.
  • Uncover best practices for all stakeholders: Employers, HR, recruiters and the job applicant.
  • Learn how to guard against fraudulent online degrees and job histories.

Rosen will also present a session entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking, Credential, and Education Verification’ on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST. The session is also worth 1.25 SHRM PDCs. In addition, Rosen will participate in a third session entitled ‘The Case for Hiring Slow and Firing Fast’ on the Smart Stage for the conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 3:50 p.m. to 4:08 p.m. CST.

ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick, who was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) for the 2016-17 term, will be at the ESR Booth #633 during the conference along with ESR Account Executive Pri Murphy and ESR Key Clients Advocate Heidi Winterble. A floorplan for the conference is available here.

The SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference will cover a range of timely issues in nearly 50 concurrent sessions. More than 1,000 recruiters and Human Resources (HR) professionals from across the country are expected to attend the conference. For more information about the SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference, which takes place from April 24 to 26, 2017, please visit

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, SHRM has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States. To learn more about SHRM, please visit

Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco, California-area, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a strategic choice for employers concerned about accuracy and compliance in their screening programs. ESR is accredited by the NAPBS and undergoes yearly SSAE 18 SOC 2® audits to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information. To learn more about ESR, please visit

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