Checking a job applicant’s social media

Factoring social media activity in hiring decision
By Lorenzo Lisi
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/20/2015

Question: Can an employer use a job applicant's social media activity as a factor in determining whether to hire her? Does the employer need permission from the applicant to look at social media?

Answer: With the advent of social media and online networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, it is easier than ever for employers and recruiters to review job-candidates' online presence when making hiring decisions. This raises new concerns, especially as the use of social media to conduct background checks can provide a potential employer with a range of information previously unavailable during the traditional hiring process.