5 Reasons the NFL Might Be Over the Line with Social Media Background Checks
March 3, 2015
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to know as much information as possible before hiring someone. This information might include past experience, skills, ability to grow in a position, and perhaps most importantly, a person’s character. Some employers (though not many) turn to social media as a way of determining if a job candidate really is who they appear to be—or not.
However, employers might cross the line at times when it comes to looking at candidates online. While the NFL is not an employer in the traditional sense, its scouts are recruiters seeking the best candidates for future players. We don’t have all the details based on this article from Sport Techie, but we can draw some conclusions about what the NFL should or shouldn’t be doing when it comes to screening potential recruits on social media. (more…)Read More
Is it Time for Employers to Consider Social Media Background Checks?
December 17, 2014
Last weekend, Jason Morris and I had the pleasure of joining the folks over at TalentCulture on #TChat to discuss the pros and cons of using social media sites as part of their employment background screening efforts. Check out the primer here.
As a follow up to our conversation, host Kevin W. Grossman wrote an excellent take on whether using social media employment background checks was fair game and we wanted to give our readers a chance to review it in it’s entirety (see below).Read More
FCRA Class Action Targets LinkedIn
October 30, 2014
Have you ever used LinkedIn to check up on someone? An employee or a prospective new hire? Of course you have–who hasn’t? And while I’ve never actually given the “recommendations” on LinkedIn much weight, I’ve often wondered whether employers actually rely on them to make a hiring decision. Social media sites have given us a whole new window through which to view candidates—both professionally and personally. (more…)Read More
Banning Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords is Stupid
October 14, 2014
Why, oh why do state governments feel the need to waste valuable time and tax payer money enacting laws that prevent employers from requiring access to the social media accounts of current or prospective employees?
HRMagazine is reporting that New Hampshire became the 18th state this past August to adopt such legislation and that similar bills have been introduced in at least 28 states.Read More
Building a Smarter Sharing Economy with Background Checks
September 30, 2014
It’s nice to share. At least that’s what we learned as kids. But for some people, sharing is more than just nice—it’s a way to make a buck. I’m talking about the sharing economy, which Forbes estimates at $3.5 billion this year, with growth exceeding 25%.
For the uninitiated, in very simple terms, the sharing economy is a model where you loan out your stuff for a fee. It’s access over ownership. And the more we experiment with sharing as a business, the more participants are challenged by legal concerns, regulation, and operational details. Since one of the basic tenants of sharing is trust in the person and the product being shared, it’s time for some segments of the sharing economy to adopt a process that other business models have already embraced and acknowledged as a necessity—I’m talking about background checks. (more…)Read More
Ride-Sharing Companies Feeling the Strain of Background Checks in California
September 26, 2014
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the three big ride-sharing services, Sidecar, Uber and Lyft, have received warning letters from the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles. The letters focus on two components of the ride-sharing business: background checks and car-pooling features. The D.A.s claim that the companies’ practices violate California law, and they’re threatening them with civil penalties and injunctions. Ironically, California is the home state for all three companies, and the place where ride sharing first became popular. (more…)Read More
Study: Facebook Profile Alone Isn’t Good Hiring Barometer- Duh!
January 6, 2014
Here’s a scenario for all you human resource professionals out there. Let’s just say that most job candidates made their Facebook profiles public. Let’s say that most employers checked their job candidates’ Facebook profiles and used it as the only tool to determine whether that person would be a good employee. Would you be surprised if I told you that this practice didn’t lead to better, more qualified hires?
No. Me neither. Now what if I gave you a crystal ball? Do you think your success rate would be about the same?Read More
EmployeeScreenIQ’s Top 15 Background Screening Stories of 2013
December 31, 2013
With a new year just around the corner, there’s no better way to move forward than to reflect on the events, challenges, and growth of the past year. Particularly for the background screening industry and HR professionals, it’s essential to learn from these stories to prepare for the challenges ahead in 2014. Some of our top stories include the misuse of employment background checks, the ban the box movement, and screening candidates on social media. Keep the lessons in these stories under consideration as you move forward with your background screening program in 2014.
The EEOC continued its crusade to fight discrimination by way of litigation against Dollar General and BMW. Take a closer look at the claims and what employers need to know. Read MoreRead More
Are Employers Using Social Media Background Checks to Discriminate?
November 21, 2013
An interesting and important article appeared today in the Wall Street Journal that looked at a topic we’ve discussed frequently – the intersection of social media and employers’ screening and hiring practices. The article, “Bosses May Use Social Media to Discriminate Against Job Seekers,” highlights a new Carnegie Mellon University study that suggests employers are using social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn as a pre-screening tool to discriminate against minorities. Our own research – EmployeeScreenIQ’s 2013 Background Screening Trends Survey Report – was also cited finding that more than a third of employers use social media to perform background checks on candidates some of the time (only 7% indicated they used it all the time) to demonstrate that there are a number of companies who do screen using social media sites.
I’m not convinced that the Carnegie Mellon study can conclusively make discrimination claims because (more…)Read More
EmployeeScreenIQ Wrap Up: July 26, 2013
July 26, 2013
As July is quietly coming to a close, it seems we are due for another Weekly Wrap Up. We’ve posted quite a bit in the past couple weeks, so here’s a recap for those who have been busy vacationing or were otherwise preoccupied. We officially released another video from our Quick Takes series, Is a Candidate’s Profile Picture Worth a Thousand Words? This video focuses on the use of social media screening in the hiring process. Find out what our panelists had to say about using this important tool for job candidates. At the end of last week, I shared a blog post regarding the use of resume verifications and advice for employers to ensure you find resume lies, when they are present on a job application. For more, read Liar, Liar. Are Job Seekers Hiring Professional Liars to Verify Resumes? Nick posted a useful guide to the top 10 advocates in our industry (as far as we’re aware), EmployeeScreenIQ’s List of Top 10 Employment Background Screening Advocates. Miss anything else? View our full blog site for more posts from your very own background screening experts.
It’s no secret that the employment background screening industry has been under intense scrutiny over the past few years from revised EEOC guidance on employers’ use of criminal records, to fines for Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, to myriad states creation of “Ban the Box” laws. And while we support actions that hold our industry and employers accountable for complying with these laws and maintaining the highest ethical standards, we also think that the employer’s we represent should be praised for the work they do to keep our nation’s workplaces safe. Read MoreRead More