Recruiting and pre-employment vetting in the social media era


09 / 12 / 2013 10.32am

 offers advice to employers who are struggling to keep up with the pace of change in recruitment methods. 'Pre-employment checks: an employer's guide,' Drawing on consultations with HR professionals and employment lawyers,

These issues continue to make the headlines, and regularly focus on the debate over the right to privacy associated with employers checking job applicants' activity on social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter during the recruitment process.

The guide highlights the need for HR professionals and others involved in recruitment to exercise due diligence to find out if applicants might bring the organisation into disrepute, or cause difficulties with managers, colleagues, customer and suppliers. It also highlights the legal risks and ethical challenges involved if inappropriate steps are taken or applicants are not made aware of the checks being carried out and given a chance to respond to findings.

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