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Today's high schoolers could fill STEM skills gap

10/16/2014
Nearly three in four high school seniors know what career they want to pursue, and STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) top their choices.

Luxury hotelier hit with $2 million tab for immigration violations

10/13/2014
Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will pay nearly $2 million for hiring undocumented immigrants following a settlement agreement signed in September between the company, federal prosecutors and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Negligence can't stand in for discrimination in N.Y.

10/08/2014

Clever lawyers are always looking for ways to reach deeper into employer pockets. One tactic has been to add state negligence claims to run-of-the-mill discrimination cases. That won’t work anymore, at least as far as negligent hiring, supervision and retention claims are concerned.

Employee references aren't a matter of 'free speech'

10/07/2014
Answering reference calls? Don’t think all responses are protected by “free speech” rights.

Poll: Leadership not appealing to most workers

10/07/2014
The rank-and-file aren’t eyeing the C-suite, according to a recent CareerBuilder.com poll.

Utility trains new recruits on Georgia military base

10/03/2014
Ten soldiers-turned-electric company apprentices became the first graduates of a training program set up by Southern Company at Fort Stewart, near Savannah, Ga. The energy giant partnered with the U.S. Army to offer the three-week training course on base as part of the utility’s effort to recruit soldiers who are about to return to civilian life.

I-9 audits again hit record; get forms in compliance

10/02/2014
Heads up: Your odds of getting hit with an audit of your I-9 forms took another jump last year.

When Pinocchio applies for a job

09/25/2014
When it comes to spotting résumé fibs, hiring managers and HR pros have seen it all. According to a new poll, here are the most common lies they catch on résumés.

Promoting employee to manager: Top 5 things to look for

09/23/2014
Anyone who’s hired supervisors knows that the skills to perform a job are totally different than the skills to manage that same position. Here are traits to look for when assessing whether a worker could step into a leadership role.

How honest can I be when called for a reference on a subpar former employee?

09/19/2014
Q. I recently fired one of my employees, but today another company called me, stating that the former employee marked me down on a job application as an employment reference. Can I tell the prospective em­­ployer about how terrible an employee this person was?

Is it OK to have a blanket policy of rejecting applicants with criminal histories?

09/19/2014
Q. I believe I should be able to refuse employment to any prospective employee with a record of criminal conviction. Can I institute a blanket policy that bars employment to applicants with criminal records? Also, what can I ask applicants about their criminal records?

Hiring laws in Canada: Where do we start?

09/18/2014
Q. We’re considering hiring a woman from Canada to sell our products in Canada. We have no idea how to start the process of hiring a foreign worker. Suggestions?

How frank can we be with references?

09/17/2014
Q. We recently received a reference request from another company. We would like to be honest with the potential employer about the former employee’s performance issues. The employee was unreliable, did not get along with co-workers, and was always complaining to his supervisor about our business practices without any basis. Are there risks to being honest and giving the employee a bad reference?

Company recruits truckers by surveying former applicants

09/17/2014

Like many trucking companies, family-owned National Retail Systems is having trouble recruiting new drivers to take over for employees who retire. So it’s asking truck drivers where they are applying for jobs, how many jobs they’re trying for at a time and what entices them to fill out applications.

Not so fast: Time-to-hire is slowest in 13 years

09/15/2014
Employers are taking their time before saying, “You’re hired!” Despite declining unemployment rates, the average time to fill a vacant position—from job posting to offer accepted—is now 25 working days.
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