Employers’s many uses of online social networking sites, such as Facebook, in recruiting, hiring, and monitoring, has been my theme this week. I’ve said a lot on the issue so I’ll turn it over to someone else for the final thoughts of the week.
Jonathon Bick, of the New Jersey Law Journal, has a piece on Law.com’s Legal Technology News offering some excellent advice for employers who may be considering using social networks, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and MySpace, in their hiring practices. Specifically, he suggests the following three tips:
- Second, update the firm’s employee handbook to detail what data mined from blogs may be used, and what data mined from blogs may not be used.
- Third, update disclosures and background search permission acknowledgements used by potential employees and existing employees to appropriately cover blog review.
I raised each of these points in my podcast posted earlier in the week, Social Networking Sites As Employment Tools.