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Hiring

EEOC lawsuit alleges discriminatory AI screening

05/19/2022
Using software based on artificial intelligence and other algorithm systems has helped streamline the hiring process at many companies. Those programs are often touted as a way to keep bias from tainting the hiring process. But recent guidance from the EEOC and Department of Justice says AI can sometimes lead to more discrimination, not less.

Employers struggle to hire, retain white-collar staff

05/17/2022
A new survey confirms that most organizations are finding it extremely difficult to find and retain qualified workers. The survey, conducted by the Conference Board in March, reveals that hiring challenges extend beyond a shortage of manual services workers.

In which states is hiring the hardest these days?

04/28/2022
With the labor force participation rate near 62%, one of the lowest in decades, most employers are having trouble finding and hiring employees. Where is it the hardest?

Avoid hiring based on preferred ‘look’

04/28/2022
In a fickle consumer market, you might be tempted to base hiring decisions on the kind of employees you think your customers might prefer. That could be a big mistake. Courts take a dim view of rejecting qualified applicants who don’t fit preconceived notions of who is a good fit or has the right “look” for service jobs.

Big changes planned for Form I-9 this fall

04/21/2022
As employers are painfully aware, the Form I-9 is full of hidden traps. And the penalties for mistakes can be harsh. So just as you’ve finally figured out the current I-9 version, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed significant changes to the form before the current version expires on Oct. 31.

Using AI in hiring? Beware liability for bias

04/21/2022
Employers increasingly rely on artificial intelligence-based software to manage the hiring process. But critics of AI software claim discrimination may be baked into the algorithms.

It may soon be easier to fill your vacancies

04/19/2022
For employers struggling to hire enough employees, there may be some good news on the horizon. Not only are unemployed workers beginning to step off the sidelines and back into the workforce, but some state legislatures are responding to low unemployment rates and abundant jobs by lowering the length of time workers can collect unemployment compensation benefits.

Last Friday wrap in March: No more expired List B docs for I-9 purposes, telehealth returns and more

03/25/2022
In which we cover college coaches’ compensation, I-9 forms, telehealth coverage, IRS training and payroll trouble for the foreign service.

5 questions to ask yourself just seconds before you fire someone … and 5 to ask yourself just seconds before you hire someone

03/24/2022
Are you really sure you want to press that button just yet? Run a few things through your mind before picking up the phone … or making the long hard walk down the hallway.

Beware medical inquiries before making job offer

03/24/2022
When hiring, asking the wrong question can be an expensive mistake. In one recent case, a worker who wasn’t even looking for a job walked away with a $75,000 payday because of a prospective employer’s ill-conceived question.