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Washington to ‘ban the box’


Washington becomes the 11th state to prohibit private-sector employers from asking about arrests or criminal convictions on job applications.

Labor alleges H-2A visa violations


The Department of Labor has filed suit against a northern Washington berry farm for violating the labor provisions of the H-2A visa program by favoring foreign workers over an eligible U.S. citizen who wanted a job.

Interviewers know what they don’t want in a candidate


Forty-nine percent of hiring managers and HR pros who conduct job interviews think they know within five minutes whether or not a candidate will be a good fit, according to a new poll by CareerBuilder.

Make contingency plans for DACA workers


Undocumented “dreamers” allowed to work legally in the United States through the Delayed Action on Childhood Arrivals program won a temporary reprieve Feb. 26 when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the government’s petition to begin rescinding work permits on March 5. However, litigation continues to cloud the future of dreamers.

Snapshot: 5 cities with the quickest interview cycles


On average, the job interview process in the United States takes 23.8 days. It’s much faster in these five cities.

Is the wording in your job ads driving females away?


Which phrases statistically attract more female applicants?

Bill would expand number of H-1B visas


Legislation introduced in the Senate Jan. 25 would increase the number of H-1B visas issued annually to 85,000, plus allow as many as 110,000 more visas if there is employer demand.

Watch out for the hidden peril of constantly seeking new applicants


Some employers like to keep résumés and applications on hand just in case they need to fill a position on short notice. But running frequent ads to generate up-to-date résumés can backfire if you end up terminating someone, even for good cause. He might try to argue that your ad proves you were planning to fire him even before the supposed triggering event occurred.

Make tracking application easy as tracking a package


Johnson & Johnson created an app, J&J Shine, to put information into candidates’ hands in real time.

Revving up referrals: 5 easy ways to use your network to discover top talent


One of the best recruitment techniques continues to be one of the oldest—a word-of-mouth referral system. Scott Wintrip says employers should remember these five truths about referrals.

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