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Introduction From The Editor

This edition of our monthly e-newsletter includes the “Risks of Social Media Usage in Pre-Employment Background Checks, Part I”, discussing how the inclusion of social media search results in employment background reports may expose employers to “protected class” liability and potential discrimination claims.  We recommend that employers consult with their employment law attorney before implementing a social media search process.

Our legal alert covers the Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 (HR2501), a bill that prohibits employers from discriminating against an individual based on a history of unemployment, as well as the effect of such discrimination on commerce.

Finally, our tip of the month explains the difference between validating one’s eligibility for employment (E-Verify), versus verifying that the social security number, name, and date of birth match.

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Cody Farzad,
Director of Operations/Editor

Risks of Social Media Usage in Pre-Employment Background Checks, Part I

background checks By Khodadawd “Cody” J. Farzad

We strive to educate our clients and aid employers in ensuring legally-compliant screening. As such, the proliferation of “social media background checks” and the continuous dissemination of false information about their “endorsement” by the FCRA leave us with no option but to provide our take on this new... Read More

Legal Alert: Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011
By Khodadawd “Cody” J. Farzad

A new bill prohibiting employers from discriminating against an individual based on a history of unemployment has been introduced to the House of Representatives. The Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011 states that it shall be an unlawful practice...Read More

Tip of the Month: Social Security Verification vs. E-Verify
By Khodadawd “Cody” J. Farzad

There is some confusion as to the difference between verifying a social security number, and authorizing one’s eligibility to work in the United States (E-Verify). Due to the increased number of “e-raids” that the Department of Homeland Security is conducting on businesses, organizations must...Read More
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