Social Media Employment Screening

Understanding the Limitations, Difficulties, and Compliance Concerns

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With a high percentage of the workforce now using at least one social media platform, employers are increasingly faced with the decision of whether to include social media searches in the employment screening process. Employers in the health care space are particularly affected by this conundrum since patient care and safety is, ultimately, an organization’s top priority. Comprehensive background check packages that include numerous search platforms increase an employer’s odds of hiring valuable, invested and dedicated staff that will serve their patient population with care and respect. However, the risk involved in improperly utilizing screening search results to make hiring decisions can result in negative outcomes.

This webinar explores a number of issues, risks and potential limitations when using social media searches for employment screening purposes. Certiphi Screening’s Chief Compliance Officer/Deputy General Counsel Sadeq Khan, Esq., will review topics such as how information obtained through social media searches may have limited utility, how consumer reporting agencies may be limited from providing social media searches, and how various laws and guidelines from government entities may impact what you can and cannot do as an employer.

Program Learning Objectives

  • How social media is currently used by organizations to screen applicants and employees.
  • Risks and limitations involved with employers conducting social media searches themselves or through a consumer-reporting agency.
  • State laws related to social media password and account privacy and how these may affect social media screening.
  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s guidance on employers’ social media policies.

This webinar is not intended as legal advice from AHA and hospitals should consult with their own counsel for their individual organization's needs.


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Sadeq Khan, J.D.
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Sadeq Khan, J.D. serves as Screening’s associate general counsel/director of compliance. In this role, he supports the compliance and regulatory functions of our company. Sadeq regularly conducts research on compliance-related issues and keeps the legal/compliance team up-to-date with all relevant domestic and international regulatory changes. He actively participates in contract negotiations and is tasked with developing compliant background screening policies for our clients.

Sadeq holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration degree from Villanova University, where he received many awards and leadership scholarships. While attending college, Sadeq gained first-hand experience as a law clerk for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.


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