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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You can’t be sure there’s no hidden bias in your promotion process unless you check. Conduct your own informal investigation so you’ll be prepared for possible litigation. That way, if you find a problem, you can fix it before things get out of hand.

Hiring rules that end up excluding many applicants who belong to a protected class can spell big trou­ble. That’s because if the rule has a disparate impact on any particular protected class, it may be invalid and could become the basis for a lawsuit. At a minimum, be prepared to show that the rule is based on business necessity.

Pittsburgh-based Capital Healthcare Solutions faces a disability discrimination suit after it rescinded a job offer to an HIV-positive applicant. The EEOC sued on the applicant’s behalf, claiming Capital Healthcare rescinded its job offer solely on the basis of the man’s disability ...
Pennsylvanians who knowingly hire illegal immigrants would lose their professional licenses under a bill being considered by the Pennsylvania Legislature. The “one-strike-and-you’re-out” law would yank licenses for first-offense violations.
A woman was asked during a job interview if she had a jealous husband, and if she could work with all men. The woman was not hired and the company instead hired a man for the job, prompting a gender discrimination lawsuit.

The National Organization on Disability has cited nine companies for making the hiring of employees with disabilities a corporate priority. The “Fine Nine” include Sam's Club, J.B. Hunt, Tyson Foods, Lowe's, Aetna, Sodexo, ADP, Saint Barnabus Health Care System and Toys R Us.

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.