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Avoid the pitfalls of social media: The FCRA and EEOC angle

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social media and magnifying glassSocial media has changed the way people communicate and interact and will continue to do so. Most employment laws were written before the social media era, and courts have struggled to shoehorn social media communications into existing definitions.

THE LAW: Because social media affects compliance with many different laws, we will focus on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and those laws the EEOC enforces: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

WHAT’S NEW: Social media in all its forms has infiltrated personal lives and the workplace. The reaction from employers has been uneven.

Some have embraced the technology as a way to improve workplace morale, encourage collaboration and augment company recruiting and hiring. Others have attempted to restrict employee social media comments and exploited the glimpse into appl...(register to read more)

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