The government has also published for comment a group of
questions and answers designed to bring employers up to
speed on just what their Internet hiring responsibilities
are in the equal employment opportunity arena. The Q&As
also apply to most large private employers.
The long and the short of it is that while the Internet
allows greater anonymity, federal agencies sometimes can’t
be sure if their screening actions are appropriate under
the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures
(UGESP). With the Internet, employers sometimes wade
through massive amounts of information, including personal
details job seekers place on their own Web sites.
It can be difficult for agencies to know when the UGESP
comes into play, according to the March 4 Federal Register
The proposed Q&As may be found at
It’s a very long, detailed read. But it also may be a good
idea to make the effort since those with job filling needs
sometimes do their own surfing. The Federal Register item
includes instructions on how to comment.