Overview: In this high-tech age, employers have more resources available than ever before to find job candidates. Online postings, state labor websites, LinkedIn and other forms of social media have taken their place alongside traditional press advertising, employment agencies and employee referrals as effective recruiting methods.
Referrals empower current employees by giving them the opportunity to assist in the hiring process. Employers should be cautious not to rely exclusively on referrals, however, as doing so may create discrimination risks under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act if it means a diverse range of candidates is not considered.
In addition, HR should use gender-neutral and age-neutral terms when posting job advertisements as part of HR's recruiting process to avoid unnecessarily limiting the potential range of applicants.
This holds true with the use of social media as well. While providing new avenues for recruitment, these sites also can provide new discrimination traps for unwary employers that access information about protected characteristics.
Trends: California, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan are among the many states that have passed laws prohibiting employers from asking job applicants for their social media passwords. Federal legislation has been proposed to ban this practice, and other states are looking into similar measures.
Author: David B. Weisenfeld, JD, Legal Editor
In-depth review of the spectrum of Illinois employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to interviewing and selecting job candidates.
In-depth review of the spectrum of Delaware employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to interviewing and selecting job candidates.
In-depth review of the spectrum of Connecticut employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to minimizing risks of negligent hiring.
Employers seeking to provide notice to new hires and existing employees that they conduct background checks should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.
Employers seeking to advise employees of incentives available to those employees who refer high caliber applicants should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.
In-depth review of the spectrum of New Hampshire employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to interviewing and selecting job candidates.
In-depth review of the spectrum of North Carolina employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to preemployment screening and testing.
This module will help you understand and apply compliant practices when hiring and onboarding new employees. Several laws regulate hiring and onboarding practices. Ignorance of these legal requirements may place your organization at risk of running afoul of the law. With an awareness of what's required, you can focus on recruiting and hiring the best team.
In order to be a successful organization, employers must recruit and hire the best candidates. Employers can follow this How To to attract and select the best candidate for an open position.
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Guidance on legal considerations in HR’s recruitment process. Support and advice on finding capable, qualified candidates in a legal manner.