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NYC to send out employment testers to spot hiring bias

07/13/2015
Under recently signed legislation, New York City will begin a year-long employment tester program in which paired job applicants with similar experience and qualifications will express interest in the same job. One will belong to a protected class and one will not.

Make sure testing is related to actual job duties

07/13/2015
Employers that use general tests to screen applicants run the risk of facing a disparate-impact discrimination lawsuit. If that happens, you will have to prove that the test measures qualities that relate to actual job duties.

The basic skills applicants lack

07/13/2015
More than 40% of employers say job applicants lack basic computer skills, but substantial numbers report even more fundamental basic skills shortfalls.

Key points to remember when hiring

07/10/2015
Time to hire new people? Check out these helpful tips before you start.

Review noncompete agreement before hiring

07/09/2015
Before you hire employees from the competition, make sure they don’t have an existing noncompete agreement. When in doubt, consult an attorney.

Twin Cities rated nation’s 16th best place for jobs

07/09/2015
The Minneapolis-St. Paul area scored well on Glassdoor.com’s recent “Best Cities for Jobs” ranking.

Fresh grads but hard-to-fill jobs

07/06/2015
The job market for the Class of 2015 is said to be  one of the hottest in years, yet filling some jobs remains tough. Here are some positions that employers recently rated as somewhat or very difficult to fill with new college graduates.

Ensure physical tests are fair for women

06/29/2015
Some professions require applicants to prove a certain level of physical fitness. When employers demand passing a physical test as a qualification to be hired, they need to make sure that protected classes such as women don’t fail at rates that indicate the test has a disparate impact on otherwise qualified applicants.

Settlements: No-rehire clauses may be illegal

06/26/2015

When you settle an employment discrimination complaint or lawsuit, you likely include a “no-rehire” provision. Essentially, you trade some settlement dollars for the former employee’s promise not to apply for work at your company in the future. It’s a way to prevent future failure-to-hire lawsuits. Until now, everyone thought such common settlement provisions were legally valid and enforceable. But now a recent case has cast doubt on that premise by looking at California’s broad prohibitions on restrictive covenants in the Business and Professions Code Section 16600.

Should you copy and retain employees’ I-9 supporting documents?

06/24/2015

HR and hiring managers have so many decisions to make when it comes to I-9 and E-Verify compliance. One of the most frequently asked policy decisions is actually quite mundane on its surface, yet the answer can be tricky.