HIRING

Fresh grads but hard-to-fill jobs

07/06/2015
The job market for the Class of 2015 is said to be  one of the hottest in years, yet filling some jobs remains tough. Here are some positions that employers recently rated as somewhat or very difficult to fill with new college graduates.

Ensure physical tests are fair for women

06/29/2015
Some professions require applicants to prove a certain level of physical fitness. When employers demand passing a physical test as a qualification to be hired, they need to make sure that protected classes such as women don’t fail at rates that indicate the test has a disparate impact on otherwise qualified applicants.

Settlements: No-rehire clauses may be illegal

06/26/2015

When you settle an employment discrimination complaint or lawsuit, you likely include a “no-rehire” provision. Essentially, you trade some settlement dollars for the former employee’s promise not to apply for work at your company in the future. It’s a way to prevent future failure-to-hire lawsuits. Until now, everyone thought such common settlement provisions were legally valid and enforceable. But now a recent case has cast doubt on that premise by looking at California’s broad prohibitions on restrictive covenants in the Business and Professions Code Section 16600.

Should you copy and retain employees' I-9 supporting documents?

06/24/2015

HR and hiring managers have so many decisions to make when it comes to I-9 and E-Verify compliance. One of the most frequently asked policy decisions is actually quite mundane on its surface, yet the answer can be tricky.

The 5 hot trends that are reshaping recruiting

06/22/2015
The ways you found job candidates just a few years ago? They're already becoming outdated. Here's what the future looks like.

Is the bloom off the IT rose?

06/17/2015
Information technology professionals are significantly less happy at work and less optimistic about their careers than other business professionals, according to a new report by TINYpulse, an employee engagement survey firm.

Are employer's verbal promises binding?

06/09/2015
Q. Can I rely on verbal promises made by my em­­ployer during my interview, or during my employment as forming part of my contract of employment?

Our summer hires from last year are back--are they 'new' employees?

06/06/2015
Q. We have a few college students who work for us during their summer break. According to the law, are they required to complete new employment paperwork (I-9, W-4, etc.) each year?

How to avoid making legally binding promises when hiring

06/01/2015
Employee lawsuits can erupt when promises made in interviews aren’t kept or job offer letters inadvertently oversell the potential for monetary rewards. Here are four key questions to ­consider.

How could pre-employment test be discriminatory?

05/29/2015
Q. I am looking to hire new employees. Some applicants who did not qualify for the open positions are now threatening to sue, claiming that my pre-employment tests are discriminatory. What should I know about pre-employment tests?

No such thing as 'overqualified': Don't automatically reject skilled older applicant

05/29/2015
Older workers tend to have more overall experience and may seem overqualified for entry-level positions. Don’t reject those candidates, though. Doing so may set you up for a discrimination lawsuit.

Future threat: 3rd-party pressure to curb bias

05/28/2015

The American Civil Liberties Union has asked federal and California state regulators to investigate Hollywood’s hiring practices with an eye toward addressing discrimination against women. Could pressure from politically active groups be employment law’s wave of the future?

Succession: Keep an eye out for age diversity

05/28/2015
Generational turnover is an opportunity for positive change. Too many employers miss that chance by choosing candidates who provide easy continuity instead of those who will carry the company into the future.

Summer hiring is up--and so are summer paychecks

05/28/2015
Summer jobs are returning at a faster pace this year and, in many cases, are paying well beyond the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

We found questionable I-9 documents: What now?

05/28/2015
Q: “While conducting an annual self-audit of employee files and I-9 compliance, I have encountered some questionable documents that I believe to be fraudulent. If I contact an ICE agent to verify these documents, will this then trigger a company wide ICE audit?” – Santana, Texas
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