EmployeeScreenIQ Webinar Tackles Complex Issue: Screening Job Candidates Via Social Media

Cleveland, OH, May 30, 2013–Screening job candidates through social media – it’s a growing trend but not one without its share of controversy. Employers face a dilemma regarding whether or not to adopt the practice and the accompanying legal risks when social media is used inappropriately.

HR professionals are invited to attend a free webcast from EmployeeScreenIQ, the leading global provider of background screening services, and hear both sides of this challenging issue. Scheduled for June 4 and titled, “The Risks and Rewards of Screening Job Applicants through Social Media,” this highly topical webinar will address four essential legal considerations when screening through sites such as Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter – privacy, discrimination, accuracy and negligent hiring. An all-star panel of industry experts will lead the discussion:

– Jason Morris, President and COO, EmployeeScreenIQ
– Nick Fishman, Chief Marketing Officer, EmployeeScreenIQ
– Angela Preston, VP of Compliance and General Counsel, EmployeeScreenIQ
– Lisa Kaye, Founder and CEO, greenlightjobs.com
– Geoff Andrews, COO of Social Intelligence

For employers who lean toward using the practice, the webinar will also provide the “Seven Dos and Don’ts” of social media screening, from asking for passwords (don’t) to considering Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) implications (do).

“Industry research and our own tells us that many employers are using social media for recruiting passive candidates, but far fewer are using such sites for screening due to concerns about violating privacy laws and encountering other legal risks,” said Nick Fishman, chief marketing officer for EmployeeScreenIQ. “Despite the potential concerns, however, some employers feel social media is a powerful tool for building an effective workforce.”

He adds, “There may, in fact, be some inherent risk in choosing not to use social screening.  We’ll speak to both sides of this strategy.”

The one-hour presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST). To register, go here.

About EmployeeScreenIQ

EmployeeScreenIQ helps employers make smart hiring decisions. We do this through a comprehensive suite of employment background screening services including the industry’s most thorough and accurate criminal background checks, resume verification services and substance abuse screening. EmployeeScreenIQ is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction earned by less than two percent of all employment screening companies. For more information, visit http://www.EmployeeScreen.com

Media Contacts:

Nick Fishman, EmployeeScreenIQ
(800) 235-3954 x441

Jackie Jusko
HRmarketer for EmployeeScreenIQ
(415) 460-9984