Here’s the memo on Facebook – again (Editor’s notes)

Employers still have social media lessons to learn
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

In 2009, a city in Montana drew a line in the sand employers knew, unequivocally, they should never cross. Apparently, not everyone got the memo.

To refresh your memory: Two years ago, the City of Bozeman made headlines when it asked candidates to hand over usernames and passwords to social media websites such as Facebook as part of the screening process. Common sense prevailed and the city wisely abandoned that practice.

Last month, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) decided to step into the limelight. It asked Robert Collins, a corrections officer returning from a leave of absence following his mother’s death, to hand over his Facebook username and password before reinstating him.