Maine Enacts New Social Media Privacy Law

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A newly enacted law in Maine – LD 686, HP 467, An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media – will protect the social media privacy of employees and job applicants law by prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose passwords or any other …

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LinkedIn Granted Motion to Dismiss in FCRA Lawsuit

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A federal judge in the Northern District of California has granted a motion to dismiss in a class action lawsuit against LinkedIn Corporation that claimed the online professional networking website’s “References Searches” function violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A copy of the ruling is …

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NFL Combine Involves Social Media Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The “tweets, posts, and snapchats” of National Football League (NFL) prospects are just as important as their physical ability on the field at the NFL Scouting Combine taking place this weekend due to the rise of social media background checks performed by NFL teams, according to a …

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New Employment Laws Take Effect New Year's Day 2015

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Several new employment laws taking effect on New Year’s Day 2015 across the United States will affect employers in the coming year. A quick listing and brief description of just some of these new employment laws and practices involving employers taking effect on January 1, 2015 are …

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New Hampshire Protects Social Media and Email Privacy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A law that took effect in New Hampshire on September 30, 2014 – House Bill 1407 (HB 1407) – prohibits employers in the state from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose social media or electronic mail passwords. The final version of HB 1407 is available at …

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Safe Hiring Expert to Speak at Recruiting Trends Conference

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session titled ‘Legal Pitfalls & Minefields in the New Age of Recruiting’ at the Recruiting Trends Conference at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from …

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Rhode Island Enacts Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts – 2014-S 2095Aaa and 2014-H 7124Aaa – to prevent potential employers or school admissions officers from asking applicants to provide login information or to sign into their social media accounts …

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Social Media May Cause Employers to Not Hire Job Candidates

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn A new survey from leading human capital solutions provider CareerBuilder has found that 51 percent of employers – more than half – who researched job candidates on social media found content that caused them to not hire the candidate, up from 43 percent in 2013 and 34 …

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Webinar Examines Using Social Media to Screen Job Applicants

Written By Thomas Ahearn To help employers learn how to navigate legal pitfalls when using social media to screen job applicants, Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a webinar with Clear Law Institute titled ‘Legal Risks of Using the Internet to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on Thursday, July …

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Should Job Applicants Using Social Media Expect Privacy?

Written By Thomas Ahearn Expectations of privacy rights on social media websites is buttressed by the fact that users must agree to “terms of use” that typically do not allow commercial uses which can include screening job candidates, according to the article Does an Applicant on the Internet Have a “Reasonable Expectation” of Privacy? Part …

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