February 20, 2008
Employees these days must be careful about what they post on the internet, as it may affect their ability to be hired and promoted or even alter their current employment status. Employers often Google information about prospective employees and use this information when checking references and conducting background checks. It is now common for employers to check websites like Facebook and MySpace before hiring an employee.
MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, emails and other internet fodder is open for everyone to browse. Anyone with internet access can instantly search for information about anybody. There are even websites and blogs dedicated to discussing work environments - employees complaining about employers, employees rating employers and employee forums.
There are many professions that are extremely image conscious and dependent upon the utmost professionalism of their employees. Employees should be sensitive to posting personal information that an employer may consider unsavory or unprofessional, as it may affect their potential to remain employed.
Remember that "at will" employees have little protection from termination at the whim of their employer, and information posted on the internet may embarrass an employer enough to desire disassociation with the source.
With the explosion of information and content available on the internet, both employers and employees should be concerned how information discovered could be used. ...
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by: Kevin V. Maltby, Esq.
January 21, 2008