Cyber Manners for Employers During the Hiring Process
The exploding presence of online social media has users posting everything from photographs to personal comments, but what types of postings can serve as make-it or break-it fodder for employers scouring prospective employees? Attorney John Riccione of Chicago-based law firm Aronberg Goldgehn explains that there is a fine line employers should walk when using social media as a tool for hiring decisions.
"While the legal implications of using social media information during the hiring process have yet to be finalized, employees should follow basic etiquette when it comes to combing through cyber space," says Riccione. "Although it may seem like a handy way to learn more information about the candidate, it could backfire. For example, if an employer decides to reject a candidate after learning about federally protected statuses such as race, gender and disability, there's a possibility the company could face a discrimination lawsuit."
Riccione adds that while states such as Maryland have taken the lead by placing restrictions on employers, there are a few basic guidelines all employers should follow:
-- Do: Consider unblocked postings, photographs or comments that would affect their ability to fill the job position as fair game.
-- Do: Give the applicant a chance to explain or dispute detrimental information that is found on social media sites.
-- Do: Use the internet to fact check discrepancies the candidate may have put forth, you may find they have lied on a resume.
-- Don't: Search for a job applicant's social media posts, prior to receiving their consent.
-- Don't: Use fake identities to gain access to social media sites.
-- Don't: Unnecessarily infringe on the prospect's privacy by requesting their log-in information.
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