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Who was minding the LinkedIn Store?

This is a case where the pain of embarrassment may be worse than having to fork over the fine. Amanda Becker, writing for Reuters (August 4, 2014) tells us in an online article entitled: “LinkedIn, U.S. Labor Department settle overtime case for $6 million.”

LinkedIn-LogoThat is correct; LinkedIn, the quintessential professional networking website, had to fork over $6 million dollars to cover what they owned their workers. According to the article:

“LinkedIn Corp agreed to pay about $6 million in back overtime and damages to 359 current and former employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the online career networking company violated the country’s wage law.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Business and Personal Ethics, business ethics, Ethical Behavior, ethics, LinkedIn and tagged , , , ,

Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

Is it ethical for a company to use what you freely post on a social networking site as part of their decision making process? Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

I posed that question the other day to a group of students at Queen’s Business School in Kingston, Ontario.  The answers I got were interesting; they generally saw sites like Facebook as just that: a social networking tool. And they didn’t generally connect that a prospective employer has an ethical right to base their hiring decision on what a candidate posts online in their off hours.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in business ethics, Facebook, LinkedIn, New Website, Social Media, social networking, Twitter and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Social Networking, Social Media, Social Web and Ethics – Are They Compatible? Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher Comments!

For a 51 year old former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing, current business ethics speaker and fraud prevention consultant, I am finding web 2.0 and/or social media (or whatever title you give it) to be a vast open space for opportunity and/or disaster. And for those of us who are growing into this new frontier the pitfalls can be dramatic and costly. So, I’m wondering are Social Networking, Social Media, Social Web and Ethics compatible?

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