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Risky Business: The Double-Edged Sword of Social Media - Part 2: Smart Hiring, Monitoring and Firing Practices


When it comes to hiring, social media is a gift. The amazing amount of information available—at low or no cost—makes it a preferred way to gather intelligence on a person. However, many of the laws being applied to social media for hiring people and letting them go are vague and outdated. This is not expected to change any time soon.

Use best practices when looking at information on social media. This includes having a responsible and repeatable process to gather this background, ensuring employment decisions aren’t based on protected information, maintaining a current social media policy, and clearly documenting cases where employees don’t adhere to these guidelines. Speak with a lawyer who specializes in this area to protect yourself.

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