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Avoid hiring based on preferred ‘look’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Job descriptions are key to legal promotions

If your organization is like most, you prefer to promote from within. Here’s a good, three-step process for making sure your promotion process doesn’t trigger a lawsuit.

4 in 10 employers report a rise in candidate ghosting

Candidate ghosting is taking an increasing toll on employers, new research from outplacement firm Robert Half suggests. In a survey of more than 2,300 senior managers in the U.S., 39% of respondents said it’s more common for job candidates to cut off communication now than two years ago.

Turn the Great Resignation into the Great Rehire

By tradition or out of spite, many employers have at least an informal policy that discourages rehiring former employees who resigned to take a supposedly better job elsewhere. Such a policy may have made sense two years ago, before the pandemic roiled the world of work. But now it might make sense to rethink that practice.