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Hiring

When hiring employees, negligent hiring practices can doom the process. Learn from your colleagues’ successes – and avoid their pitfalls.

Smart interview questions, well-written job descriptions, and sharp interviewing result in hiring employees that work out well, AND make you look good in the process.

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If you want to pay the absolute minimum to Uncle Sam, tax planning must be a year-round pursuit. With summer right around the corner, you can cash in on several key tax breaks by springing into action now. If you procrastinate until the end of the year, you'll miss out on valuable deductions and credits for yourself, your business and your family. This special report explains a dozen timely moves you should take before the leaves begin to fall.

You may not realize it, but employees could be jumping ship because of the hassle and high cost of their commutes. And commuting pains aren't easing.

Be very leery about setting rules that ban one gender or another from certain positions. Such a policy may be legal if you can prove that gender is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for a position. But courts will likely be skeptical if the job can be done by both sexes without violating any laws or with an easy accommodation.

You don't need to wait until an employee leaves to hold an exit interview. You can gain valuable feedback by asking a few key questions of candidates who turned down your job offers.

He was known for his reticence and composure, yet Gen. George C. Marshall, in at least three famous moments, publicly confronted his superiors.


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 ...
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 ...
Issue: Some employers want to create male-only or female-only positions, often for privacy reasons.
Risk: You risk a discrimination lawsuit if this policy doesn't have a sound business reason ...
Don't worry about assigning an employee to a job in which she'll need to upgrade her skills, even if that employee previously filed a lawsuit against your organization. Reason: As long ...
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 ...
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