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If your organization pared back during the economic slide, you may be joining other employers that are rebuilding their staffing levels.

More employers expect to pick up the hiring pace in the second half of this year, according to the latest Manpower employment survey. That means you could be planning to bring back former employees who were let go or laid off.

While rehiring ex-employees is common, it comes with important legal and practical implications. Here's a rundown:

Rehirings: Bias laws apply

For starters, know the law. Federal and state laws regulate your policies and practices relating to reductions-in-force and recalling employees. That means it's illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age and disability in layoffs and rehirings.

For instance, if you're hiring new em-ployees and, at the same time, rehiring some (but not all) laid-off employees, you...(register to read more)

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