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

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

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

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

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

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, …