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Employers Continue to be Tentative About the Role of Social Media in their Hiring Process

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The topic of social media remains top-of-mind for many employers. As adoption rates of social media continue to cross generational boundaries and new sites emerge, employers are struggling to remain ahead of the curve and better define how their organizations use social media. In an era where social media increasingly influences, and in some instances, […]

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The Evolving Practice of Social Media Background Screening

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Even with unemployment rates in the United States hovering around 8 percent, employers are still challenged by talent acquisition. In its 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, HireRight reports that finding, hiring and retaining talent remains employers’ top business challenge – a continued trend over the last several years. With this in mind, it’s no wonder […]

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Asking for Facebook Passwords could be Asking for Trouble

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Employers that recently began requiring login credentials for a job candidate’s social media profile has created a firestorm around privacy concerns and the use of social media for pre-employment screening. While these cases bring the use of social media for background screening under the spotlight, studies indicate that a vast majority of organizations do not […]

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Social Media Screening Under Fire by Congress

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While the use of social networking is widely regarded as a valuable tool for recruiting, its use as a source of information for pre-employment background screening remains unresolved. However, the potential risks in using social media for background screening are clear. The incorrect gathering or use of information obtained from social media profiles could expose […]

The FTC Weighs in On Social Media for Background Screening

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A recent blog article by Littler Mendelson points to the growing storm surrounding the use of social media searches in employment screening. In a recent statement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the use of a “social check” service, the FTC stated that a third party social checking service “is a consumer reporting agency […]