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Review wording of job ads for traces of bias

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Verifying education claims? Don’t just call the school

Issue: Applicants are taking résumé fraud to a new high-tech level.
Risk: Hackers could alter an applicant’s school records, undermining your background check …

Revisit severance pay as a recruiting tool

If your organization has offered little or no severance pay, now’s a good time to beef up that benefit.
Reason: Choppy economic conditions the past few years saw many employees …

Find a good HR headhunter by asking the right questions

Issue: Finding the right HR job is challenging due to downsizing and the growth of HR technology and specialties. Benefit: Headhunters who recruit HR professionals can help, but only if …

Include fair geographical and time limits in noncompete pacts

Noncompete agreements are easier signed than enforced. So your noncompete restrictions must give the person a “reasonable opportunity” to pursue a livelihood in his or her chosen field.
What’s considered …

5 ways to keep good people as the job market improves

Issue: Retaining the best employees should be a high priority for your organization as the economy picks up. Benefits: Reduces recruitment and retraining …

Domestic-partner benefits: Don’t fear cost, controversy

Issue: More employers are offering domestic-partner benefits to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Benefit/risk: Such benefits can provide a good recruiting tool, but thorny legal and tax issues must be …

Max out results from your employee-referral program

Issue: Imaginative cash rewards are the key to successful employee-referral programs. Benefit: Employees hired through employee referrals have higher retention rates. Action: Read below to gauge whether your rewards …

Use media to boost the organization’s stature (and yours)

Issue: The media’s growing interest in HR and workplace issues. Benefit: By gaining publicity for your organization, you can aid recruitment efforts and earn kudos from top brass. Action: …

Hiring interns? Keep it legal, dude

Issue: How to avoid the often-overlooked liabilities of using interns in your workplace. Risk: Courts view interns the same as employees, as “agents” of your organization. Plus, you face extra …