Background Check Expert Talks Social Media

Compliance Issues that Impact HR’s Engagement in Social Media

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (August 26,2016) – Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions, will present at the AZ SHRM (Arizona Society for Human Resource Management) State Conference on the risks and compliance issues associated with using social media throughout the pre-employment process of recruiting and hiring.

While it may be quick and easy, there can be significant ramifications to using social networks in the employment screening or investigative process. “Social media is a provocative new tool for screening applicants,” said Fowler, “It offers insights not available through traditional mediums, such as resumes and CVs. As we venture into this new and unknown territory, there are plenty of legal landmines waiting to be stepped on. This presentation identifies these landmines before your organization steps on them.”

Fowler’s presentation, “Compliance Issues that Impact HR’s Engagement in Social Media,” will highlight the risks involved when employers incorporate social media as part of the hiring process. Attendees can expect to learn how to define “Social Network Background Checks” as outlined by the Federal Trade Commission, how to avoid FCRA violations made when information is obtained from social media, and how to understand the EEOC’s view on social information impacting employment.

This presentation will be held at the Arizona SHRM State Conference August 31, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz. at 5:00p.

About Mike Fowler
Mike Fowler is an Educational Services Executive for Validity Screening Solutions, a premier provider of employment screening, drug testing services, and intuitive compliance technologies. He speaks on behalf of Validity and the screening industry to provide education on topics relevant to the background screening industry and holds an FCRA Basic Certification by the NAPBS. Mike has presented various topics at multiple state and city-level conferences and hosted several HRCI Accredited Webinars.

About Validity Screening Solutions
Validity Screening Solutions, located in Overland Park, Kansas, provides accurate employment screening and drug testing to companies who want to hire confidently. Founded in 1992, Validity offers employers nationwide a convenient, streamlined and cost-effective approach to hiring by using the latest technology and providing every client a designated account representative that understands their business, its regulations and requirements. Validity is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and has received a number of prestigious accolades including the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best Places to Work (2010, 2011, 2012), 2012 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Top 10 Small Businesses of the Year nominee, Inc.’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America (2009, 2010), KC Small Business Magazine’s 25 Under 25® Award (2010), Ingram’s Best Companies to Work For (2010, 2015), and Ingram’s Corporate Report 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City (2010). For more information about Validity Screening Solutions, visit or call 866.915.0792.