It’s tempting for a mission just to refuse someone who has a mental or physical disability. But consider, should the Church be sending the message that we don’t value persons with disabilities? Also, there may well be legal problems with this approach.
Brent has discussed formal and informal assessments. Informal assessments are probably okay, as long as you don’t ask the “forbidden” questions that would trigger discrimination concerns. I want to dwell a bit more on the formal assessments, and how they might cause concern from a legal standpoint.
Brent, I think it’s a great idea to sort out this idea of psychological testing. While those tests are not needed for most secular jobs, many mission agencies use assessments initially for two reasons. That raises an important distinction between types of tests.
We have more screening and assessment issues we want to discuss, but first, a few last comments on social media. What should the mission do to protect its social media presence on its own sites and on personal sites? Good policies and good training are key.
Sometimes it’s surprising how many ways there are for an employer to get in trouble. You raised questions about outside screening, and about timing with the interview. It may seem unjust that you can get in trouble for looking at someone’s public profiles, but ...
I took my first foray into the legislative process this January, testifying at a committee hearing of the Colorado House in support of a bill that would have prohibited universities from denying benefits to any religious student group based on “the religious student group’s requirement that its leaders adhere to the group’s sincerely held religious beliefs or standards of conduct.” That’s it. The bill didn’t apply to visitors to the groups, or even regular members.
We’re defining “social media” fairly broadly. By “social media,” we include the best-known sites, like Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter, and any blogs the organization may have. But when organizations post photos and updates on their websites, with opportunity to comment, that can be social media too. The four areas...
Mission organizations are heavy users of various forms of social media. With personnel, offices, and supporters in multiple time zones, social media makes sense. It has advantages and dangers. The law on social media is developing fast.
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