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Can you (and should you) refuse to hire smokers? Know the law

07/01/2005
Some of your employees may be a month into their New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. But what if you, as an organization, wanted to kick the habit in a different way—by refusing to hire employees that smoke?

Google your way to recruiting ‘passive’ job-seekers

06/01/2005
Issue: Forty-four percent of employees are “passive” job-seekers, meaning they might accept a job offer but aren’t actively seeking one.
Benefit: Knowing how to manipulate the Internet to find such …

Use managers to conduct some (Not all) reference checks

06/01/2005
Issue: HR typically handles reference checking at large firms. Smaller firms and those with strong management let managers do it.
Benefit/risk: Farming out reference checks to supervisors will lighten your …

Remind managers: Base hiring only on job-related reasons

05/01/2005
Issue: Can you place conditions on employment that aren’t related to the person’s ability to perform the job?
Risk: Courts may see such restrictions as illegal “employment blackmail.”
Action: …

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

05/01/2005
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

05/01/2005
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

05/01/2005
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

04/01/2005
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

04/01/2005
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

03/01/2005
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, …