The growing popularity of social media brings potential landmines for employers trying to navigate the hiring process and address and manage employee conduct. Here are eight social media practices that may be cause for concern: Learning about protected characteristics on social media and allowing it to influence hiring decisions. Federal, state, and local laws prohibit employers from making employment decisions based on protected characteristics, such as age, race, color, sex, religion, and disability. One of the risks of using social media during the hiring process is the potential for the search to inadvertently reveal this type of protected information. If you intend to use social media during the hiring process, make sure you are taking steps to prevent protected information from influencing decisions (intentionally or unintentionally) and base all decisions on lawful, job-related criteria. Consider choosing someone outside the decision-making process to conduct the searches, give them a list of job-related criteria for which to search, and instruct them to provide you a list of all candidates who meet...Read More
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