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Social Media Background Checks as Discrimination

I’ve long argued that employers take a risk when they use social media to vet job candidates without putting in place sufficient controls to prevent the disclosure of protected EEO information. Now, we have the empirical evidence to back me up. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on...

Survey Shows Many Hiring Managers Are Not Bashful About Trolling Applicants Online

It’s funny. (Not “ha ha!” funny. Just, employment-law blogger, wry-smile funny). I read different surveys about social media and hiring and the numbers vary greatly. For every survey that indicates that employers are not using social media to vet candidates, you get the one I...

New Poll Reveals Continued Risk in Googling Job Applicants

According to a recently published Harris Poll , 52 percent of employers use social media to research job candidates. This number is up from 43 percent in 2014 and 39 percent in 2013. What information are employers looking for? 60 percent are looking for information that supports their qualifications...