Welcome to another edition of “What’s hot in employee background screening news”. If you want to learn more about background screening and privacy issues, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the interesting items that caught our attention last month.
Sites offering fake reference services continue to spring up. A company called the Reference Store provides fake references for professionals with questionable work histories. The founder of the business said his site fabricates professional resumes and provides credible telephone references for as little as $50.
Facebook has a new tool called Graph Search that lets you search for people based on their Facebook activity. The new tool searches across all of Facebook and you need to be aware of posts from family, friends, and coworkers that may contain information about you that ought to be private, especially photos and videos.
A registered nurse (RN) claimed she could walk and stand only for limited periods and required FMLA leave. Her coworkers discovered Facebook photos that told a different story.
Chances are high that a recruiter or hiring manager will Google you online before offering you an interview or job. Here are five easy things you can do to manage your online reputation.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of the new I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. All employers are required to use the new I-9 immediately to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees.
“When HR googles a candidate, everyone loses. If you want to know who you are hiring, ask that person. Then hire a third-party background check organization to verify what you have been told. That’s called recruiting.”
“It’s impossible to remain completely anonymous while you’re using social media—anonymity would defeat the point—but every network has a few key, commonly overlooked privacy settings that take only minutes to set up and drastically improve the security of your shared data.”
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