Articles tagged 'Social Media'

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

The Top Screening and Employment Issues We Faced in 2014

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I almost can’t believe it myself, but it’s already December. And this point in the year means it’s almost time to close the books on 2014.

As the year comes to an end, I’ve spent some time looking back at the legal trends in hiring and employment screening throughout 2014.

Here is a list of the Top 5 background screening and employment issues from 2014 that are worth reflecting on as we get ready to raise a glass to ring in the New Year. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB: Employees’ Profane Facebook Comments Aren’t Protected Activity

Should HR and management have to monitor employees for e-mail profanity? (Illustration by Dreamstime)

By Suellen Oswald

After years of National Labor Relations Board decisions protecting employees’ profanity-laced tirades and outright threats against management in social media stream-of-consciousness posts, the Board recently said “no.”

In Richmond District Neighborhood Center, the NLRB upheld the administrative law judge’s decision that two employees’ Facebook plan for insubordination veered into the land of “unprotected” activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

At the close of the school year, employees of a teen center anonymously submitted the pros and cons of working at the center. The cons included mistreatment by management, lack of appreciation, failure to act on employee suggestions, and lack of clarity on policies controlling employee expenditures. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Five Big Social Media Red Flags to Avoid From Potential Hires

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Does your company use social media screening as part of the recruiting process? If not, consider it.

Social media can be a useful tool for screening, as detailed in a June TLNT article about candidates rejected based on their public profiles. Only 20 percent of employers examine candidates’ social media profiles for screening, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Of the recruiters that screen via social media, 69 percent rejected applicants based on the content on those profiles. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Facebook Testing New Service Designed For Workplace Use

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Facebook is testing a new professional service specifically intended to be used in the workplace.

The company has so far been mum about “Facebook at Work.” However, the Financial Times, which disclosed the secret project, said it is designed as a collaboration tool, allowing users to share documents, communicate with colleagues and build networks of professional contacts.

Because it will enable users to keep their social network completely separate from their professional one, the new service is being considered a competitor to LinkedIn and to services from Google and Microsoft. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Can You Fire an Employee For Having a “Nazi Shrine” on Facebook?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Last week, I read this story in USA Today from Cam Smith, in which he reports that the North Delta Minor Hockey Association fired one of its junior hockey coaches after it learned that he had posted pictures of Nazi items and propaganda — described as a “Nazi shrine” — on his Facebook page.

The Hockey Association defended the termination in a statement in which it characterized the post as containing “extreme and objectionable material believed to be incompatible with an important purpose of our minor hockey association — to promote and encourage good citizenship.”

Now, let’s assume that this went down in the U.S. Could the former employee argue religious discrimination (with a straight face)? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Employee Fired After Making Threats of Violence on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

Earlier this week I addressed how what an employee says on Facebook can mean losing a job offer.

In that case, the National Labor Relations Board determined that insubordination on Facebook is still insubordination and, thus, grounds for termination.

Well, threats of violence on Facebook are grounds for termination, too. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

A Social Media Blunder Can Cost an Employee of Any Rank Their Job

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By Eric B. Meyer

Here’s more proof that both entry-level employees and C-Suite executives can do dumb stuff.

When I go out to eat, I’m not that picky. While I often have a taste of fine dining, I can do beer and wings with the best of ‘em.

I like my beer cold and my wings spicy. I take these two things for granted when my food is served to me. That, and the person preparing the food has a shirt on. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Think That an Employee Might Be Faking Sick? Check on Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

It’s that time of year again — open enrollment, flu shots, and CareerBuilder.com’s annual list of the most creative excuses for missing work.

But before I get to that, how about some missed-work statistics based on responses from 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and 3,103 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government), from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from ­­Aug. 11 to Sept. 5, 2014:

  • 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were actually feeling well; Read more…
HR Management, Legal Issues

4 Things You Did Today that Put Your Organization at Risk

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Employment practice lawsuits have shot up in the last decade, remaining the top dispute companies have to battle.

They’re costly, they’re tough to defend, and they can do a lot of damage to an organization’s reputation. It’s clear that HR leaders need to pay attention to the high risks that untended employee relations can create.

Without proper training and leadership from a capable human resource department, actions and decisions from management can put the entire organization at risk. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Top 10 Talent Trends That HR Pros Really Need to Know

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CEB data show 10 trends that HR professionals should be aware of and four things to look out for in the next 12 months

Despite 73 percent of HR professionals viewing HR as a “strategic” function – that is, one that contributes to strategic business goals rather than a more humble ambition to “keep the business running” – only 52 percent have the talent data to prove HR’s value to the organization, or the data needed to inform business decisions.

As CEB research shows again, talent is (or should be) at the heart of every major business decision that senior managers make. This makes it imperative that HR professionals have the data and information to support line managers, and also the confidence that their work will, and should, shape the direction their company takes. Read more…