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Guardrails for Using Social Media During the Hiring Process

The benefit of using social media during the hiring process is no secret, but it can present a minefield of legal risks. Federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination in hiring based on a prospective employee’s protected class. It could be hard to prove that access to this type of information did not influence […]

Over 50% of Companies Use Social Media Accounts as a Determiner Before Hiring Someone

There are several things to consider when it comes to monitoring employees’ social media. Experts provided nine considerations when deciding if this is something that should take place within the business. These include creating comprehensive policies that outline repercussions from certain employee actions online; monitoring developments of social media; limiting distractions at work; establishing trust; […]

Using Social Media Screening to Create Better Culture

A recent Harris Poll on behalf of Career Builder indicates that nearly half of employers use social media networking sites to check up on current employees and many others use them to research job candidates during the hiring process. Companies should notify applicants and employees when they are subject to being screened or monitored as […]

Social Media Screening in Retail

The secret to addressing massive turnover costs in the retail industry may be hidden in the vetting and onboarding process. Rounding out internal recruitment programs with the use of social media screening can help reveal behavior that contributes to a toxic work environment or is not in line with an organization’s values. With permission, exploring […]

Top 5 Reasons You Should Outsource Your Social Media Screening

Most companies turn a blind eye to the review of social media accounts for candidates, concerned about compliance with FTC and EEOC rules. While the concerns are legitimate, there are five reasons organizations should consider outsourcing their social media screening to consumer reporting agencies that follow Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) guidelines. These include legal […]

How to Create an Effective Social Media Policy

So many employees are now working remotely indefinitely and the boundary between personal and professional use of social media can be blurred. Employers should create and update social media policies so that employees understand what is defined as inappropriate online behavior, including the concerns of senior leadership, HR, legal, marketing, communications, and IT. Some companies […]

What is a Social Media Search?

A social media search in a public and private records search engine can reveal data that is needed quickly and efficiently. This type of search can help find things like profile pictures, names, past names, current locations, past locations, and school and work experience. Anyone can conduct a manual social media search, but only those […]

Ugly Attack on Congress: Employers Turn to Social Media Background Checks

Employers across the nation are taking a closer look at their employees following the January 6 attack on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Chicago-area data company Congensia terminated its CEO after they determined he participated in the riots and Maryland-based direct marketing company Navistar terminated one of their employees after he was photographed and […]

Social Media Policy and Screening in K-12 Education

With schools moving in and out of remote options as the pandemic continues, it is important for expectations to be in place with all faculty and staff in mind that includes 1. a clear, definable social media policy and 2. mechanisms to uphold those polices. In order for any policy to be successful, however, it […]

71 percent of Hiring Decision-Makers Agree Social Media is Effective for Screening Applicants

A new survey from The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, has indicated that 71 percent of hiring decision makers in the United States use social media as an effective way to screen applicants, with 70 percent believing that employers should screen this way. But Jan Riggins, general manager for two Express franchises in […]


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