Human Resources and Facebook: Are You Breaking the Law?

Nick Fishman

StarTribune Great interview on the controversial practice of using social networking sites to conduct employment background checks.  Check it out.

HR and Facebook: It’s Complicated

2/7/2010 Star Tribune

Memo to human resources: Be careful what you look for on Facebook; it could come back to haunt.

Minnesota companies may be walking toward thin ice as they follow a national trend of using social media networks to screen potential employees.

A recent national study found that employers were impressed by personality, creativity and communications skills found via the Internet. But employers also rejected job candidates for inappropriate photos, content relating to drinking or drugs and misrepresentation of skills.

Unwittingly, these businesses could be violating — or close to violating — anti-discrimination laws that have protected workers for decades.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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