Social Networking Sites Pose Risk For Employers

Law360, New York (January 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Employers are increasingly turning to Google and social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace to conduct background checks on job applicants and employees. A recent survey by Vault of 350 employers found that 44 percent of employers use social-networking sites to examine the profiles of job candidates, and 39 percent have looked up the profile of a current employee.

Some find this trend surprising and even troubling. But for employers who face liability for negligent hiring and retention, reviewing the information available on social-networking sites and...
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