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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Employers expect greater computer proficiency from all levels of admin pros than they did only a few years ago, staffing firm reps say. Being able to chip in on assignments involving computer work offers one of the best ways for receptionists to move up.

Hard times have forced older workers to try the intern option. Fearing that employers shun applicants with long, unexplained career gaps, ambitious but unemployed people are opting for unpaid internships. But before you get carried away by the prospect of marvelous production for virtually no cost, let’s have a reality check.
Lockheed Martin is filling 1,000 jobs a year with military veterans and has expanded its recruiting efforts. Dedicated recruiters invite vets to face-to-face interviews with hiring managers and to participate in monthly online chats about employment opportunities.

Ernst & Young plans to hire 25% more new graduates this year than last, so the professional services firm has upped its game when it comes to internships. To reach the 5,000 students it hopes to recruit this year, the New York-based organization launched a Global Student Exchange Program to offer overseas assignments to select summer interns.

It’s sure to happen: Eventually, a disgruntled applicant or employee seeking promotion will sue you for discrimination in the hiring or promotion process. And that lawsuit may lack any kind of merit. These days, desperate applicants may feel they have nothing to lose by suing. That’s why you should plan ahead.

The FMLA was enacted to let workers briefly put their careers on hold to tend to pressing personal matters like illness, childbirth and adoption, eldercare and other covered events. It was not designed to enable them to avoid discipline. That’s why the law specifically states that employers don’t have to give returning employees benefits they would not have received if they hadn’t taken FMLA leave.

It’s illegal for employers to use em­­ployees’ undocumented status as an excuse to avoid paying the minimum wage and overtime. But that’s not true in failure-to-hire cases—because if an applicant isn’t authorized to work, the em­­ployer couldn’t hire the worker at all.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it’s not retaliation for a prospective employer to refuse to hire someone who sued another employer for wage-and-hour violations under the FLSA. Even so, tread carefully in this area, because the rules could change.
When Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno set out to create the state’s Business Action Center, the aim was to attract as many quality employers to New Jersey as possible. That strategy seems to be bearing fruit.

ALCOA Mill Products will pay more than half a million dollars to resolve accusations it discriminated against black, Hispanic and female applicants for material handler positions at its Lancaster plant. The plant fulfills orders under a contract with the U.S. Army.

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