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Beware of vetting new hires through social media

By Edward Wanambwa, Partner, Russell-Cooke 

31 May 2012

By Edward Wanambwa, Partner, Russell-Cooke 

There has recently been a debate in the United States about the practice of some employers asking job applicants for their Facebook password details and reviewing their personal Facebook profiles as part of the interview process.

This trend has led to two American senators asking the US Attorney General to investigate whether such a practice violates federal laws. Meanwhile, the state of Maryland has already banned employers from asking for social media passwords.

In the UK, there are several risks associated with employers vetting staff through social media. Employers potentially face discrimination, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and/or whistleblow...

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