Due to our litigious society, anything you say, whether it is good or bad has the ability to come back to haunt you. Before Social Media websites become vogue, most people would obtain a written recommendation from a boss and/or ask a colleague or friend to act as a reference. To ensure that a potential hire was being honest about their background, a recruiter or potential employer might contact your former supervisor for verification of your employment.
red flag for labor lawyers.
Therefore, the best policy is to be reserved in your social media communications with your employees, supervisors, and/or colleagues. If an employee requests a recommendation an employer should feel free to act as personal reference since the employer has the ability to change their mind about the employee/former employee down the road. However, when acting as an online reference, the employer may not have full control over the reference after it has been posted and this lack of control has the potential to cause future potential problems.
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