Background Check Expert Talks Social Media Screening

Compliance Issues that Impact HR’s Engagement in Social Media as a Hiring Tool

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (February 20, 2016) – Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions, will present at the VA SHRM (Virginia 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 has much allure as a tool for screening applicants,” said Fowler, “It offers insights not available through traditional mediums, such as resumes and applications. 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 as well as provides best practice guidelines for avoiding them.”

Fowler’s presentation, “From Likes to Lawsuits: The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Hiring 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 Virginia SHRM State Conference on March 14, 2017 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va. at 4:15p.

About Mike Fowler
Mike Fowler is the Educational Services Executive for Validity Screening Solutions, a compliance focused employment screening, drug testing, and hiring technology provider. Mike leads Validity’s educational outreach through professional development content such as an HR focused compliance blog, speaking engagements, and the professional development webinar series – Hire|Ed.

About Validity Screening Solutions
Validity Screening Solutions, located in Overland Park, Kansas, provides compliance focused employment screening, drug testing, and hiring technology to organizations who want to hire confidently. Since 1992, Validity has offered a streamlined and cost-effective approach to employment screening by using the latest technology and compliance standards. For more information about Validity Screening Solutions, visit or call 866.915.0792.