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by Robert E. Bettac, Esq., and Lawrence D. Smith, Esq.

Seventy million blogs are available on the web, and 100 million people maintain personal web pages on social networking sites. 

At least 25% of employers admit they check social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, blogs and web sites when considering job applicants.

Many of the millions who post information online never think a potential employer might read what they post. Meanwhile, employers believe that if the information is available online for the viewing, they have an obligation to look. Hey, it’s just another way to evaluate all the factors that might predict how well an applicant would fit into the company, right?

Restrictions on using Internet searches

No federal statute specifically prohibits employers from obtaining or using information about applicants gleaned from Internet searches. 

However, several laws may restrict how you conduct the se...(register to read more)

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