Mike Fowler of Validity Screening Solutions to Present to SHRM‐JC


Mike Fowler of Validity Screening Solutions to Present to SHRM­JC

From Likes to Lawsuits: The Risks of Engaging Social Media in the Hiring Process

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (November 16, 2015) – Mike Fowler, Validity Screening Solutions, will present to SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Johnson County members on the inherent risks of using social media as a tool for screening applicants.

In the last few years social media has become integrated into several aspects of the business world. It has become a hiring tool used by HR professionals to broaden their reach, but there are inherent risks involved when using social media to screen applicants.

“The legal compliance of screening applicants through social media is full of gaps and grey areas,” says Fowler. “This presentation details the different areas of compliance that HR professionals and employers need to be aware of when engaging social media as part of the hiring process.” The presentation also highlights some of the gaps and grey areas, emphasizing the need to exercise caution when traveling in unknown territory.


Participants can expect to learn:

· Current trends in social hiring

· Relevant court cases

· The role of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when screening applicants through social media

· EEOC guidelines for employment screening and how they apply to social media

· The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) · Ethical Dilemmas of hiring through social media

· Social media policy considerations

This presentation will be held on November 18, 2015 at the Paola Country Club in Paola, Kan. at 11:45am


About Mike Fowler

Mike Fowler is the Educational Services Executive for Validity Screening Solutions, a premier provider of employment screening, drug testing services and intuitive compliance technologies. He attends public speaking engagements on behalf of Validity to provide education on topics relevant to the background screening industry. Mike also manages Validity’s professional education service, Hire|Ed.


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 cost­effective 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 Places to Work For (2010), and Ingram’s Corporate Report 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Kansas City (2010). For more information about Validity Screening Solutions, visit www.ValidityScreening.com or call 866.915.0792.

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