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Lying about criminal record? That’s grounds for firing–with no unemployment!

05/22/2014
While most Minnesota employers can no longer ask about an applicant’s criminal record until after the grant of a job interview offer (or, if there is no interview, a conditional employment offer), that doesn’t mean the applicant or new employee can lie about his criminal record later.

How much time do you spend looking at a résumé?

05/20/2014

HR pros in hiring mode don’t waste much time! Most spend less than five minutes reviewing a résumé to decide if an applicant is worth considering.

Employers pay big for making up own I-9 document requirements

05/16/2014

Take too lax an approach to reviewing identity documents for the purpose of completing I-9 forms and you could run afoul of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. But as two employers learned in April, imposing overly rigorous document requirements on workers can violate the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Seeking applicants with integrity? Ask 2 questions

05/15/2014
When hiring for a position at Baystate Financial in Boston, one trait they look for is integrity. Here are two questions whose answers can reveal how much a candidate truly has.

The boss’s son: Employee or independent contractor?

05/09/2014

Q: Our company president’s teenage son has been hired to do what the president calls incidental work around our office this summer. He’s signed a “Professional Services Agreement,” which specifies that he will be paid $10 an hour. Payroll has been told not to put him on the payroll because he’s an independent contractor. We think he should be put on the payroll. Who’s correct?


Government program gives Jamba Juice a hiring edge

05/08/2014
Jamba Juice is finding summer employees with culinary skills through a government program that offers job training to youth.

The top 10 soft skills employers look for

05/06/2014
A majority of employers (77%) say soft skills are just as important as hard skills when evaluating applicants, says a new CareerBuilder survey.

What adding more college graduates buys for employers

05/05/2014
For some occupations, raising the level of education required of new employees pays off big for businesses, according to research published in The Talent Equation, by CareerBuilder CEO Mat Ferguson and business professors Lorin Hitt and Prasanna Tambe.

Administration launches online Veterans Employment Center

05/02/2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new Web portal designed to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.

Texas town loses final appeal on immigration statute

05/01/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of rulings that declared two of the nation’s most far-reaching anti-­immigrant statutes unconstitutional. The towns of Farmer’s Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pa., had adopted ordinances punishing landlords who rented to “illegal immigrants.” The Hazle­­ton ordinance also targeted employers that hired illegals.