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Why It’s a Mistake to Rely on a ‘Social-Media Background Check’

Despite the easy access to information offered on social media sites, using these personal accounts for human resources reasons presents a variety of issues for employers. Although social media will provide a glimpse into a person’s personality and paint a picture of the individual, nothing beats the benefits of a traditional interview process. A more […]


Social Media Background Checks in the Law Enforcement Industry

With the heavy weight of responsibilities on the shoulders of those in law enforcement industry, it is important for hiring managers to thoroughly screen potential employees. Law enforcement has been making headlines for the past few months after a traffic stopped turned violent in Georgia. The incident of the brutal beating was shared through multiple […]


Social Media Background Checks in the Healthcare Industry

Social media hiring reports can be a particularly good fit for those in the healthcare industry due to the high level of critical care for clients and patients. The healthcare sector was recently in the spotlight thanks to a Denver anesthesiologist who was forced to resign from her position after posting a racial slur on […]


Social Media Background Checks in the Finance Industry

What started as a focus in the healthcare and law enforcement industries has turned into an exploration of the relevance of social media checks in other job areas. The finance industry is an area in which employees have a daily impact on people’s livelihoods. One mortgage loan services officer could have blocked a large number […]


Survey: HR Execs Split on if Social Media Impacts Hiring

Untitled Document In a poll of 100 human resources executives, 60 percent confirmed that they either always or sometimes check candidates’ social media activity, but only 6 percent said that activity has a significant impact on their hiring decision. The survey, conducted in April by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., found that […]


Seyfarth Shaw’s Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Reference

Seyfarth’s Social Media Practice Group has prepared an easy-to-use “Social Media Privacy Legislation Desktop Reference,” as a starting point to formulating guidance when these issues arise. The Desktop Reference:Describes the content and purpose of the laws; Delivers a detailed state-by-state description of each law; Provides an easy-to-use chart listing on one axis the states that […]


Study: Employers May Be Using Social Media to Discriminate

According to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University, employers may be using their social media research of potential applicants to discriminate. Using fake profiles on popular social networking sites, the researchers found that Muslim applicants were less likely to be called back for an interview than applicants with a profile suggesting they were Christian. […]


Facebook Isn’t Actually a Good Way to Judge Potential Employees, Say Researchers

A study from researchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University, and Accenture, suggests Facebook is bunk as a job performance predictor. The study involved the recruitment of 416 college students who were applying for full-time jobs and agreed to let the researchers capture screenshots of their Facebook Walls, Info Pages, Photos and […]


Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations

A recent survey of hiring managers and HR professionals reports that more than two in five companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. This interest in social networking does not end when the candidate is hired. In fact, companies are seeking to leverage the personal social media networks of their existing employees, as […]


Tennessee Joins the Growing List of States Limiting Employers’ Access to Personal Online Content

Legislation to restrict employers’ access to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content continues its rapid expansion in 2014.Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed his own state’s password protection law. This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2015. The Tennessee law, known as the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014, has many of the […]




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