Could You Survive a Social Media Background Check?

It’s no surprise that job applicants must now consider what is posted on or by them on Facebook pages, MySpace, even Google when submitting a resume, but employers must also beware of how they use that information to escape potential discrimination charges.  This article is a very good discussion of both sides of the issue.

Author: Vivian Luckiewicz

Source: The Legal Intelligencer, September 27, 2011

As of September 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 14 million people are unemployed. At this rate, an employer can easily receive hundreds of responses to a single job posting. While a large applicant pool certainly gives the employer a wide variety of choices, it also makes background checks an important tool to be able to choose the most qualified candidate…

As of May 9, 2011, employers have the option to utilize the services of a background check company that has the approval of the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC-approved Social Intelligence Corporation, a California based company, is a consumer reporting agency in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act…

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.

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