As the practice of vetting job candidates through review of their social media presence becomes more prevalent, especially in industries and businesses oriented around interactive digital technologies, the question of whether employers are legally entitled to do so becomes an increasingly relevant one.
Are you one of the growing numbers of Canadian employers who are reluctant to provide employment references for former employees? Concerned you are going to be sued by a former employee for defamation if your reference is not positive enough?
Although the interview process is generally quite stressful for employees, it’s no walk in the park for employers either. A lot of time, energy and resources go into courting a candidate. So, it’s fair to say that when a winner finally is selected and they’ve signed their shiny new employment contract, it hurts when they’re a no-show on their first day.