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California Social Media Privacy Act Prohibiting Employers from Asking Employees and Applicants for Passwords Approved in Senate

The California Senate Committee on Education has approved legislation – ‘The Social Media Privacy Act’ Senate Bill 1349 (SB 1349) – that would prohibit employers from formally requesting or demanding employees or job applicants provide their usernames and passwords to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), SB 1349 would also prohibit public and private colleges and universities from requiring similar information from students. The full text of ‘The Social Media Privacy Act’ (SB 1349) is available at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1349_bill_20120327_amended_sen_v98.html. Continue reading

New Survey Finds 37 Percent of Companies Use Social Media Sites to Research Job Candidates

According to a new survey on the use of social media sites by employers to evaluate job candidates from CareerBuilder®, the largest online career site in the United States, nearly two in five companies – 37 percent – use social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to research job candidates. An InfoGraphic of the survey, which included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals in the U.S. across industries and company sizes, is available at: http://cb.com/HQUCWt. Continue reading

Facebook Warns Employers Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords May Expose Businesses to Legal Liability

Responding to an increase in reports of employers seeking to gain “inappropriate access” to social network profiles of job applicants, online social media giant Facebook issued a warning to employers in a recent blog posted on the company website – ‘Protecting Your Passwords and Your Privacy’ – that the practice of asking job applicants for their social media passwords “undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends” and could potentially expose businesses to “unanticipated legal liability.” The blog is available at: http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-and-privacy/protecting-your-passwords-and-your-privacy/326598317390057. Continue reading

Background Check Webinar Shows How to Legally Use Credit Checks and Social Media Searches

Attorney at Law and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the Business & Legal Resources (BLR) webinar ‘Background Checks: How to Legally Use Credit Inquires, Social Media Searches, and More’ on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST). For more information about the webinar, visit: http://catalog.blr.com/product.cfm?product=30756000. Continue reading

Illinois Bill would Require Online Dating Sites to Disclose if They Conduct Criminal Background Checks

Legislation under consideration in Illinois – House Bill 4083 (HB 4083) ‘INTERNET DATING SAFETY ACT’ – would require online dating sites to clearly and conspicuously disclose to all Illinois members if they conduct criminal background checks. Introduced by State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), HB 4083 would also require Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to all Illinois members of safer dating practices. The full text of HB 4083 is available here. Continue reading

Illinois Bill Would Bar Employers from Asking Job Applicants for Social Media Passwords during Background Checks

A bill – Illinois H.B. 3782 – originally introduced last spring and recently taken up by the Illinois legislature’s Labor Committee would amend the state’s ‘Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act’ to bar employers from asking prospective employees for their usernames or passwords to their social media profiles on sites like Facebook or Twitter. Introduced by State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), H.B. 3782 would make it illegal for employers to gain total access to social media sites of job applicant’s during the hiring process. The full text of Illinois H.B. 3782 is available here. Continue reading

Social Media Background Checks Examined as Safe Hiring Webinar Series Continues March 1

With interest in social media background checks skyrocketing lately, including a new study claiming that a quick review of Facebook profiles of job applicants can predict future job success, Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, CEO of nationwide background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webinar “Using the Internet and Social Networking Sites for Employment Screening: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PST to examine the pros and cons of employers using information found online. To register for the webinar, the second of four in ‘A Guide to the Essentials of Safe Hiring eProgram Series’ with the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA), visit: http://m360.nchra.org/event.aspx?eventID=38879&instance=0. Continue reading

Identity Theft Rose 13 Percent in 2011 with Help from Social Media and Smart Phones

Fueled in part by the rise in the use of smart phones and social media by consumers, as well as a large number of data breaches, identity theft incidents in the United States rose by 13 percent in 2011 to affect nearly 12 million Americans, according to the ‘2012 Identity Fraud Report: Social Media and Mobile Forming the New Fraud Frontier’ survey released by Javelin Strategy & Research. To download the identity theft survey from Javelin, visit https://www.javelinstrategy.com/brochure/239. Continue reading

Social Networking Website Profiles Can Predict Future Job Success New Study Claims

A soon to be published study in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology – ‘Social Networking Websites, Personality Ratings, and the Organizational Context: More Than Meets the Eye?’ – claims that a quick review of social networking website (SNW) profile pages of job applicants on sites such as Facebook can be a better indicator and predictor of job success than standardized tests used by many human resources departments, according to an exclusive report in The Chicago Tribune’s ‘I Just Work Here’ column. The story “Facebook and job performance” is available at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/ijustworkhere/ct-biz-0220-work-advice-huppke-20120219,0,6069219.column. An early view of the study is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00881.x/full. Continue reading

Social Media Background Check Risks Explored in Webcast by Safe Hiring Expert

Attorney and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present the webcast ‘Web 2.0 Caution! Using Social Networking Sites and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ for HR.com’s Institute for Human Resources (IHR) on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PT). To register for the event, visit: http://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/webcasts/upcoming_webcasts/web-20-caution-using-social-networking-sites-and-s_gxdvyhqe.html. Continue reading