Whether paper or electronic, make sure job applications are legal

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The days of the paper job application may be fading away, but whatever takes the place of paper applications better measure up the same way. Specifically, employers have to understand that online applications can hold more legal land mines than hard copy applications ever did.

Because online applications are so convenient, you may be tempted to view them as informal and inexpensive ways to gather applicant information. (Some employers have even quit using applications altogether, instead relying solely on résumés. But that practice carries its own risks. Remember, employers write applications to get information from candidates. Candidates write résumés to impress employers.)

Employers need to know the truth about job applicants because so much is at stake. Employers may face negligent-hiring lawsuits if they fail to unearth signs of a problem employee. Job applications, paper or virtual, allow employers to spot gaps i...(register to read more)

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