Saturday, October 8, 2011

Could You Survive a Social Media Background Check?

This past September, corporate paralegal Vivian Luckiewicz explained how employers scour social media to learn about potential employees. She offers a methodology for the potential employee who wants to offer employers a clean internet history. She also warns employers about the legal limits on using social media history:

Some legal experts warn employers that if they turn to these sites to find out more about potential employees, they need to be aware of potential federal and state discrimination claims and invasion of privacy claims. Hiring managers are not supposed to use social media searches to make hires based on age, religion, disability, race and gender. If employers search the Internet for general information about a potential hire, it could lead to inadvertent discrimination based on characteristics that, by law, should not be considered as part of the hiring process.

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agree, i don't think that social media can really help to the employers to know more about potential employees. Because there are some cases that some people do not put a real information to their social media account because they want some privacy and they want to protect their self.

Posted by: background check | Dec 7, 2011 11:51:01 AM

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