Social Media Background Screening: Is It Right for My Company?

2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition
Workplace Application: This session will show you how to navigate through the legal and practical pitfalls of using social media and the Internet as part of the hiring process.

Employers and recruiters have discovered that a treasure trove of information about potential job applicants exists online. However, the 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 kind of information is available online, discrimination concerns and the use of information about legal off-duty conduct, as well as privacy, accuracy and authenticity issues. Learn strategies for getting the information you may need while minimizing the potential dangers. During this session, you will find out:

·         How employers, HR professionals and recruiters are using search engines and social networking sites
           to source and screen candidates.

·         What sites are often used and what you may find on these sites, as well as the risks in using them.

·         How discrimination laws and rules concerning off-duty conduct apply.

·         Best practices for all stakeholders—employers, HR, recruiters and job applicants.

·         How to guard against being fooled by fraudulent online degrees and job histories.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Lester S. Rosen

Lester S.

Lester S. Rosen is an attorney at law  and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a national background screening company.  He is a consultant, writer, expert witness  and frequent presenter nationwide on pre-employment screening. He is the author of “The Safe Hiring Manual,” (3d Edition 2017/826 pages), the first comprehensive book on background screening.  He served as the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA),  served as its first co-chair and received the PBSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. 

Columbus GH, East Tower, Ballroom Level
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