53 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1397 (2011-2012)
Negligent Hiring and the Information Age: How State Legislatures Can Save Employers from Inevitable Liability

handle is hein.journals/wmlr53 and id is 1407 raw text is: NEGLIGENT HIRING AND THE INFORMATION AGE: HOW
STATE LEGISLATURES CAN SAVE EMPLOYERS FROM
INEVITABLE LIABILITY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION     .................................... 1398
I. THE LEGAL NECESSITY OF PRE-EMPLOYMENT
INTERNET SCREENING .  ............................ 1401
A. Defamation ................................. 1402
B. Negligent Hiring ............................. 1404
II. THE LEGAL HAZARDS OF PRE-EMPLOYMENT
INTERNET SCREENING .   ............................ 1409
A. Discrimination .............................. 1409
1. Federal Antidiscrimination Laws ............... 1411
2. State and Local Antidiscrimination Laws ........ 1413
B. State Statutory Protection for Off-Duty Conduct . . . . . 1414
C. Invasion of Privacy Torts ....................... 1416
III. THE SOLUTION: PRESUMPTIONS, GUIDELINES, AND THE
APPLICANT'S ROLE   ............................... 1418
A. Statutory Presumptions Against
Negligent Hiring ............................. 1419
1. Proposed Statute ............................ 1419
2. The Shortfalls of Existing Law ................. 1424
3. Employers' Concerns ......................... 1427
B. Employee Selection Guidelines ................... 1428
C. The Applicant's Role .......................... 1429
CONCLUSION ...   ................................... 1430
APPENDIX     ........................................ 1432

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