How should I handle a reference request from a former employee who was less than stellar?

Q. A former employee asked me to provide a reference to his new prospective employer. While he left the company on good terms, he had lateness problems, his performance was substandard and I was not fond of him. Am I required to act as his reference? Can he sue me for giving him a bad reference?

Know the risks associated with hiring third-party workers

After the NLRB’s recent decision regarding its new, broader standard for “joint employer” status, it’s a good time to remind employers of a few of the consequences of the joint employer doctrine when engaging third-party contractors.

Social media becomes recruiting 'game-changer'

According to a recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 65% of employers have hired an employee who was sourced through such sites as LinkedIn and Facebook.

Texas places second in U.S. for private-sector job growth

July was a good month for job creation in Texas, according to the ADP Regional Employment Report.

Pittsburgh makes list of top 25 cities for jobs

Pittsburgh snuck in just under the wire, snagging the 24th spot on Glassdoor.com’s list of the top 25 metropolitan areas in the country for jobs. The employment website based its annual rankings on hiring opportunity, affordability and job satisfaction.

Got an ideal age range for jobs? Scrap it now

Remind your hiring managers that qualifications, not age, is the only way to judge applicants. Never set age ranges for a job.

Résumé ridiculousness: Ixnay on the ornpay inkslay

Every spring, CareerBuilder surveys hiring managers about the state of the résumés they receive and also asks them to forward the best résumé blunders they have seen. Here we go ...

Two California metros make Glassdoor's top cities list

California cities fared well in a recent Glassdoor.com study of the top 25 metropolitan areas in the country for jobs.

Rethink asking applicants about salary history

The federal Office of Personnel Management recently told all federal agencies not to rely on past salaries to determine how much to offer new hires. Why?

It took 50 years: Percentage of female execs, managers quadruples

In the mid-1960s, when the EEOC was born, women held fewer than 10% of all executive, senior management and middle management jobs. Now it’s up to almost 40%.

$600K fine: A reminder to take I-9 forms seriously

A California-based production company, Hartmann Studios, has been slapped with the largest fine ever for Form I-9 paperwork violations.

Do we have to hire the partying applicant?

Q. We are hiring a new salesperson, and were about to offer the position to a seemingly well-qualified applicant. As part of our reference check, a social media search was also conducted. Several photos of the candidate passed out surrounded by empty booze bottles at what looks like a fraternity party and other photos of partying were found. We are considering not hiring this applicant because of the results of the social media search. Would that present any problem for us legally?

Electronic trouble: Subscription-based hiring software carries defamation risk

Do you use software for hiring employees that shares candidates’ basic information with other employer-subscribers? If that software also allows you to mark candidates or former employees as not eligible for hire, be aware that doing so may subject you to defamation claims. That’s what one major bank just learned.

Panel interviews save time, improve hiring


Shuffling candidates between one-on-one interviews with different managers is time consuming and can produce assessments that are vastly different or inaccurate. That’s why more businesses are including panel interviews as a tool in their hiring belts.

Four Texas metros make Glassdoor's top cities for jobs

Texas cities fared well in a recent Glassdoor.com study of the top 25 metropolitan areas in the country for jobs. Based on hiring opportunity, affordability and job satisfaction, the employment website determined that Austin is the fourth best city in the country for jobs.
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