Question: Is it Risky for Employers to Look at Prospective Employee’s Social Media Profiles? Answer: Not if Utilizing a Compliant Social Media Screening Solution!
The challenge in considering social media information in the hiring process, is knowing what information you can use to make hiring (and firing) decisions without running the risk of discrimination claims. Broadly screening social media can be problematic because information found online can carry legal risk and may not even be true. However, according to a recent research report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 76% of companies said that they do use or are planning to use social media sites for recruiting. More than half of the employers responding said that social networking sites are an efficient way to recruit candidates.
At OPENonline we believe that social media background checks need to have full FCRA compliance, which requires reasonable procedures for maximum possible accuracy, and why we are so excited to partner with Social Intelligence offering a fully compliant Social Media Screening solution. We believe this FCRA compliant solution is another opportunity for OPENonline to provide our customers quality information to facilitate making informed hiring decisions. Social Intelligence’s commitment is to deliver unique data, legally and with consumer privacy in mind, that adheres to the guidelines of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and complies with Federal and State law. With FCRA Certified Analysts, Social Intelligence is the only social media background checking company to be reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission.
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This is not legal advice, for legal advice please seek legal counsel.