CBC BC News contacted Vancouver-based Clear HR Consulting for human resources expertise to comment on the impact of Facebook on employer hiring practices for their April 20, 2009 news broadcast.

The issue was topical as Richard Lam, NDP candidate for Vancouver-False Creek in the BC provincial election, resigned after controversial photos from his Facebook page were made public.

More and more, employers are searching the internet and social media sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, for information on potential job candidates.  This raises several issues of concern.

Employers need to be careful about potential discrimination on non-permitted grounds. They also must be aware of potentially using personal information that is not relevant, unreasonable or inaccurate.

Employees need to be aware of the privacy implications of posting confidential, and potentially damaging information, on the internet.  The practical reality is there is little guarantee of privacy or control once information, photos or videos are posted.

For assistance in creating policies on using Facebook and other social media in hiring for your small- to medium-sized business, please contact Vancouver-based Clear HR Consulting.


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