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Women still being asked inappropriate interview questions

Every manager knows some job interview questions are off-limits because they can lead to discriminatory hiring decisions, right? Wrong, according to a new survey.

Entry-level candidates entering a hot job market

New entrants to the professional workforce can expect an active hiring market, according to a recent survey by outplacement firm Robert Half. Sixty-five percent of companies said they plan to hire entry-level professionals, generally defined as those with two years or less of experience in the first half of 2024.

Get a head start on preparing to handle summer-hire paperwork

Seasonal staff may only be part of your organization for a couple of months, but they generate almost all the same paperwork regular employees do. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for the annual onslaught of summer hires and interns. Start collaborating now with your colleagues in payroll to set up processes for these following tasks.

Part-time workforce requires full HR effort

Around 28.1 million Americans work part-time jobs, according to a January report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If your organization employs lots of part-timers—or is considering shifting work formerly done by full-time employees to part-timers—consider these factors.

Ensure all pre-employment qualification tests are specific to the job and your needs

Once you have made a job offer, you can only require physical qualification tests that are job-related and consistent with business necessity. The rule is designed to ensure that tests don’t have a disparate negative impact on members of protected classes.

Tight labor market could get tighter: Fewer workers planning to change jobs

While job openings remain elevated and talent shortages persist, there is less attrition in the labor force, as fewer workers say they plan to change jobs this year. According to new research from employment and outplacement firm Robert Half, only 36% of workers plan to look for a new job in the next six months, down from 49% in July 2023.

4 metrics for measuring background-screening efficiency

At least 94% of employers perform some kind of background screening on job applicants before they hire. That doesn’t mean all those checks were conducted efficiently. Let’s look at four metrics that companies can use to measure the performance of their background-screening providers.

$4.35 million lesson: Ensure safety of teenage workers

Many teens as young as 14 work fast-food and retail jobs. They’re often not aware of their rights in the workplace, what constitutes harassment and where they can turn if they are harassed—or worse.

6 ways to cut legal risk of employee-referral programs

Employee-referral programs can be a reliable, inexpensive way to find great talent. But you probably don’t realize that they carry a hidden legal risk, too.

What managers need to know about hiring

While legal problems can crop up during an employee’s tenure, the two events that carry the most legal risk for employers are the hiring and the departure of an employee. Hiring discrimination lawsuits are particularly dangerous. To stay out of court, managers should build their hiring process around these principles: