Background Check Expert Talks Social Media


Background Check Expert Talks Social Media

The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Employment Process

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (May 26, 2015) – Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions, will present at the IPMA­HR (International Public Management Association for Human Resources) Central Region 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.”

Mike Fowler presents to HR professionals at the Arkansas CUPA­HR conference.

Fowler’s presentation, “The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Employment Process,” 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 IPMA­HR Central Region Conference June 2, 2015 at the Embassy Suites on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. at 1:00p.

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. In 2014 Mike spoke at the Arkansas CUPA­HR State Conference, City of Independence, Mo., 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.

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