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10 Tips for Using Social Media during the Hiring Process

Many human resource professionals go beyond the use of traditional resumes, references and face-to-face interviews and turn to social media to gain additional insight into a candidate's qualifications and personality....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Nov. 14, 2014)

From Around the Web - 9 Career Alternatives for JDs: From life coach to LSAT tutor to cupcake baker, if being a lawyer isn’t in your future, check out these job options. (About.com)...more

What Employers Don’t Know about Applicants Using Social Media Can’t Hurt Them.

An interview conducted earlier this year with Senior Trial Attorney Edward Loughlin of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), who is charged with prosecuting employers for violations of Title VII, and the like,...more

Top 10 Technology Blunders for Employers

As one who presumably has no nude selfies, you may not be too concerned about a “hack” like the one that continues to afflict celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...more

Are You Ready for the New Holacracy? Update on Social Media and the Hiring Process

The innovative folks at Zappos have eschewed the traditional job application/interview/job offer process for a social-media-driven process on a Zappos platform. While very up-to-date, does this push the envelope to the point...more

Oklahoma, Louisiana and Rhode Island Continue Trend Enacting New Password-Protection Laws

In 2012, Maryland became the first state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide passwords to their personal social media accounts. Since then, the trend for states to limit employers'...more

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose...more

The Risks of Pre-employment Social Media Screening

An increasing number of states have recently passed laws that prohibit employers from obtaining passwords to a job applicant’s social media accounts. Such legislation highlights companies’ interest in finding out as much as...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 2 - April 2014

In This Issue: - Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations - Driving Under the Influence (of Google Glass) - U.S. Courts’ Evolving Approaches to...more

Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations

A 2013 CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers and human resource professionals reports that more than two in five companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. This interest in social networking does not...more

Using Social Media In Hiring Decisions: Is It Really Worth The Risk?

Employers today often utilize social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to investigate job applicants (or current employees) as part of the hiring process. This article discusses the following trends and...more

Employers Should Be Cautious Before Searching Social Media Sites For Information About Prospective Employees

The ability to obtain information about a prospective employee on social media is hard to resist. With the explosion of social media sites and other information on the Internet, employers have a vast array of information...more

Web-Surfing Your Job Applicants—TMI?

The ever-increasing volume of information that people—your current employees, former employees, and job applicants—publish through the use of social media, email, tweets, and other types of electronic posts can be helpful in...more

New Jersey Social Media Privacy Law

Remember that on December 1, 2013, New Jersey’s social media privacy bill (A2878) becomes law. This law (detailed in the September 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) bars employers from requiring or requesting that any...more

Making Sense of the Complex Patchwork Created by Nearly One Dozen New Social Media Password Protection Laws

The legislative torrent has been virtually unprecedented in the area of workplace privacy. In a single season, spring 2013, seven states enacted social media password protection legislation, bringing the total number of...more

Employers Cannot Access Applicant or Employee Personal Social Media Accounts, Says Nevada

On June 13, 2013, Nevada's governor signed A.B. 181 to restrict employer access to applicants' and employees' personal password-protected social media accounts, adding to the state's existing anti-discrimination statute that...more

Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2013 Colorado legislative session resulted in three new laws that are significant for employers....more

Nevada: Inquiring About Personal Social Media Will Be Illegal

Unless it is necessary to comply with a state or federal law or regulation, effective October 1, 2013, it will be illegal for a Nevada employer to require, request, or even suggest that an employee or a prospective employee...more

Why Can’t We Be “Friends”? Because The Oregon Legislature Says So

Riding a wave of national news stories about employers forcing applicants or employees to turn over social media passwords as a condition of employment, the Oregon legislature recently passed House Bill 2654....more

Oregon Passes Social Media in the Workplace Law

On May 22, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law House Bill 2654, making Oregon the tenth state to enact a law prohibiting employers from accessing employees' private social media sites. The new law, which...more

As the Dust Settles: Watered-Down Non-Compete Bill Passes; Social Media Password Bill Fails

The dust is still settling from the mad dash that is the end of the Connecticut General Assembly session. ...more

Employment Law -- Jun 05, 2013

From the Hill: FMLA Amendment and Anti-Arbitration Legislation - Lawmakers on the Hill are considering two employment-related bills that would make changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and invalidate pre-dispute...more

Social Media Password Protection and Privacy — The Patchwork of State Laws and How It Affects Employers

Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become a part of daily life in the United States and abroad. The unavoidable reach of social media into our personal lives has extended into our...more

Texas Leg 2013 Wrap-Up – Texas Does Not Take The Lead On Social Media Issues

Although the Governor called a special session extending the Texas Legislative session, the topics to be addressed are political ones and not the ones we have been tracking....more

Protecting Privacy or Enabling Fraud? Employee Social Media Password Protection Laws May Clash with FINRA Rules

As a growing number of states pass legislation which will protect individuals’ social media accounts from employer scrutiny, they have encountered a surprising adversary – FINRA and other securities regulators....more

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