The first ERE Recruiter Meetup Everywhere was an amazing success! More than 1000 recruiters in a 100 cities got together to network and exchange ideas with others in their field.
In San Francisco, HR & Tech SF organized an evening of insightful dialogue with Ted Elliott, CEO of Jobscience.
HR & Tech SF strives to identify and discuss emerging trends, innovations and challenges at the intersection of human resources and technology. This time around, we turned our attention to the legal implications of using social networks in recruiting.
Before taking the helm at JobScience as a CRM pioneer, Ted Elliott served as an attorney. Ted proved that inviting a lawyer to speak means you’ll need a really loud microphone to put an end to the Q&A!
We all love getting a lawyer’s opinion and Ted did not let us down. He laid out an understandable framework for avoiding jail time for misuse of social networks for recruiting.
In short, recruiters need to have a plan that takes into account how information can be used. Best to take on the burden of proof instead being the case that sets a new precedent!
The audience had their fair share of experiences and questions to further the discussion. Some suggested that the social network / recruiting dynamic is quite similar to the early days of sexual harassment law. True, perhaps, but the web is its own beast and we’re sure to see unique challenges rise for recruiters.
How does your company verify the accuracy of information found on the web about a candidate?
Have you really read and understood the Terms of Services or End User License Agreements for the networks you rely on?
The way people are finding work and the way employers find talent is rapidly changing. While the legal environment for recruiting on the web may seem like the wild wild west, best practice and common sense should prevail. Check with your lawyer or contact social networks for clarification when questions arise. Have policies and enforce them internally to protect the organization.
The next ERE Recruiter Meetup Everywhere is on! Sign up for the SF meetup here.