The scandal surrounding Representative Anthony Weiner’s exchange of sexually explicit photos and messages over social media, e-mail, and text messaging highlights for employers the dangers involving employee misuse of social media and company electronic equipment.
Employers should take this opportunity to understand the risks involving employee use of social media and company equipment, create or update any policies addressing such use, and train supervisors and employees on those policies.
Natural disasters like the kind we recently have witnessed in the flood-ravaged areas of the southern United States raise a host of issues for employers. Some wonder whether they are required to pay their employees during suspended operations; others are unsure whether and to what extent health benefits should be offered.
Your advertisement for cashiers nets 100 applications. You want credit reports on each applicant. You plan to eliminate those with poor credit histories. What are your obligations?
You are considering a number of your long-term employees for major promotions. Can you check their credit reports to ensure that only financially responsible individuals are considered?
Departing employees sometimes access workplace computer systems to obtain information for purposes of using it in competition with their employer. Sometimes they use the internet at work to send emails concerning their post-employment plans. And while employers have many tools and tactics at their disposal to investigate their computers and related systems, these investigations are fraught with pitfalls for the incautious employer.
A company's use of outside recruiting agencies has often been a neglected aspect of internal auditing. However, several concerns should be addressed to avoid potential problems in the use of outside recruiting firms. A pre-determination of the number of firms used and the selection of specific firms, as well as the kind of contract required of each firm should be established.