Question: No doubt you’ve read plenty about con artists stealing Social Security numbers (SSNs) to obtain fraudulent credit cards. And, unfortunately, your HR personnel files are a goldmine for ID thieves, filled with all kinds of juicy personal data.
But a new court ruling shows that the rise in identity theft doesn’t excuse employees from disclosing their SSNs to employers. You can and must insist on getting this data for I-9, background-check and tax-reporting reasons. And you needn’t fear a lawsuit if you refuse to hire (or later fire) new employees who fail to provide the information.
Case in Point: When John McCauley was hired for a computer help-desk job, HR asked him to fill out several employment forms. He left the section blank that asked for his SSN. He also asked the recruiting manager whether he could skip providing the number on his I-9 form. McCauley was apparently concerned that...(register to read more)