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New online-recruiting trends: ‘super sites’ and .jobs addresses

Organizations that use the Internet to recruit employees should pay attention to these two developments:
Job-search search engines. Rather than bouncing around to several different job boards, applicants now have …

Tap into new recruitment resource for summer help

If you’re looking to fill seasonal or permanent positions, check out a new government program that helps employers hook up with college students with disabilities.
The Labor Department’s Workforce Recruitment …

Simplify recruiting on your site with ‘.jobs’ address

Starting as early as August, you’ll be able to publicize job openings online using a Web address that ends in “.jobs.” The Internet’s main oversight agency just gave its final approval …

Warn managers not to hire on ‘gut instinct’ alone

Issue: Establishing quantifiable criteria for making hiring decisions.
Risk: Applicants have an easier time winning hiring-bias lawsuits if they can point to weaknesses in your stated reasons for hiring.

Reach out to older applicants via new AARP program

AARP, the nation’s largest organization for seniors, launched an online effort last month to help employers recruit older employees. Participating businesses will pay a fee, based on the number of employees, …

Entice applicants to beat a path to your door

The hassle and cost of slogging to work is a big reason that good employees quit. And commuting pains aren’t easing: Two-thirds of new jobs are now located in the suburbs, …

Should you create an ‘alumni’ Web site for former staff?

Issue: Establishing a Web site that acts as an online home for your organization’s former employees.
Benefit: Such alumni sites help you recruit former employees (boomerangs), generate referrals and build …

Hiding behind staffing agency won’t protect you; temps can sue, too

Don’t treat temporary workers like second-class citizens when it comes to complying with employment laws. Contrary to popular belief, your organization isn’t protected from job-discrimination lawsuits simply because the workers affected …

Overrelying on employee referrals? Beware of the legal risks

Employee-referral programs have become one of the most successful and least expensive recruiting strategies. But even with their popularity, employee-referral programs can be double-edged swords.
Relying too much on employee …

You can set weekly vacation rule, but should you?


Q. I know we’re allowed to tell employees which months they can’t take vacations, but can we also require that vacations be taken only by the week, and not in daily, hourly or half-day increments? —P.A., Nebraska