HIRING

Is it legal to require a lie detector test in California?

08/22/2016

Q. I am in the process of interviewing candidates for an administrative position. This person would work very closely with me, and I need to trust him or her completely. Can I bring in a polygraph expert and use lie detector tests during the final interviews?

White House 'ban the box' program picks up big partner

08/20/2016
Walmart has signed the White House’s Fair Chance Business Pledge, bringing to 185 the number of employers joining an Obama administration campaign to help job candidates with criminal histories find their way back into the workforce.

Can job ads request U.S. work authorization?

08/11/2016
Q. Our 40-employee company advertises for jobs internationally but we aren’t able to offer sponsorship to any candidate who is not legally able to work in the United States. I realize we can’t put “Prefer U.S. citizen” on a job ad, but can we alert candidates to our requirement?

Meet with applicant to discuss convictions

08/10/2016

Many Americans have criminal records. The EEOC and local government agencies want to help former convicts start over. The movement to “ban the box” on job applications—the box those with criminal histories are supposed to check—is part of that trend. So is the EEOC’s position that barring applicants with criminal records from employment may amount to discrimination based on race or ethnicity. Employers that refuse to consider any applicant who has a criminal record risk litigation.

Court upholds EEOC rule on retention of employment-related testing records

08/09/2016
A federal court has ruled that the EEOC can require employers to retain employment records for its inspection and specifically demand that those records include a wide range of information about employment-related testing, test results and the impact of the results on protected classes.

Hiring to remain strong, but pay set for bigger bump

07/28/2016
What does the U.S. hiring outlook say about the difficulty of finding and keeping good employees?

45% of grads say college wasn't worth the cost

07/26/2016
The average member of the Class of 2016 left college $37,172 in debt—6% more than in 2015 and a new record.

SHRM: HR must take lead in closing skills gap

07/06/2016
Employers are having a harder time than ever hiring qualified applicants.

How to safely let down runner-up interviewees

07/05/2016
Don’t let clumsy messaging cause legal liability in job rejections.

8 ways to create the workplace employees want

06/28/2016

As businesses make their slow transition from layoff mode to hiring, they may find that job-seekers have changed their expectations of employee benefits. They're beginning to demand everything from more comfortable work spaces to em­­ployer practices that nurture the psychological well-being of the workforce.

Make employment applications stronger with these 5 add-ons

06/22/2016
No federal law dictates what information must be included on employment applications. However, there are certain statements you may want to include.

Boom & boomers: Retirements prompt creative staffing plans

06/17/2016
Companies in rural Minnesota have had to take drastic steps to lure workers to their doors.

A closer look at Austin's new 'ban the box' ordinance

06/02/2016
On March 24, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance—the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance—which took effect April 4. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12.

Here comes the summer help!

05/26/2016
How to welcome, prep and manage those seasonal employees.

6 tips for handling summer hire payroll paperwork

05/23/2016
The paperwork generated by summer hires doesn’t have to get you hot under the collar. These tips will help you tame the hiring process:
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